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07/06/2007 1:56 PM ET
Red Sox today purchased contract of 1B-OF Jeff Bailey from Triple-A Pawtucket; Option OF Jacoby Ellsbury to Pawtucket after Thursday's game; Transfer RHP Matt Clement to the 60-day disabled list
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox today purchased the contract of first baseman-outfielder Jeff Bailey from Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League.

Bailey will wear #55 and will be making his Major League debut when he joins the Red Sox for Friday night's game in Detroit.

To make room for Bailey on the active roster, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was optioned to Pawtucket after Thursday night's game. To make room for Bailey on the 40-man roster, righthanded pitcher Matt Clement was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Bailey, 28, is batting .250 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 74 games with Pawtucket this season. The righthanded batter is tied for the team lead in runs (42) and is second on the club in homers, RBI, and walks (40). He is batting .350 (14-40) over his last 12 games and .297 (47-158) with six homers and 24 RBI in his last 45 contests. Bailey has a .301 average against lefthanded pitchers in 2007.

A non-roster invitee to Boston's 2007 major league spring training camp, Bailey is in his fourth season with the Red Sox organization. He split the 2004 and 2005 seasons between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket and spent all of 2006 with the PawSox, batting .275 with 22 homers and 82 RBI. This is his 11th pro season as he has also played in the Florida and Montreal organizations.

Ellsbury, who had been recalled from Pawtucket on June 30, hit .375 with one RBI in six games in his first major league action. Major League Baseball announced today that Ellsbury will play for the U.S. Team in the 2007 All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in San Francisco. Ellsbury, who had been replaced on the U.S. roster earlier this week after his promotion to Boston, joins Portland righthander Clay Buchholz as Boston organization representatives in that game at AT&T Park.

Clement has been on the disabled list for the entire season as he continues to rehab from right shoulder surgery in September 2006.

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