Red Sox Utilityman Pitches in Relief

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BOSTON (AP) - Boston Red Sox utilityman Nick Green pitched for the first time in his major league career.

Green entered Thursday night's game to start the eighth inning with the Chicago White Sox leading 9-2. He allowed a runner on a walk while throwing 14 pitches in a scoreless inning. He has played 78 games at shortstop this season, seven each at second and third base and three in left field.

Earlier Thursday, the Red Sox released right-hander Brad Penny to make room for lefty reliever Billy Wagner, obtained Tuesday from the New York Mets. But Wagner had a bullpen session Thursday and was unavailable for the game.

Green had been Boston's starting shortstop for most of the season until they obtained Alex Gonzalez from Cincinnati on Aug. 14.