News briefs: Red Sox's Lowrie to miss a game

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TORONTO -- Boston Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie will miss at least one game because of ongoing problems with his right shoulder.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona sat the struggling infielder Sunday, with Monday an off day before a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Francona also sat Lowrie for two games in New York this past week.

The 27-year-old is just 4 for 32 in June and made two errors in Boston's 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Marco Scutaro took over at shortstop Saturday and went 4 for 6 with three runs scored in a 16-4 win over the Blue Jays. He is 8 for 20 in four games since returning from an oblique injury. Full Story

O's to lighten Britton's load

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles intend to lighten the workload of prized rookie starter Zach Britton in an effort to extend his availability into September.

Manager Buck Showalter said he will move the left-hander back this week, from Tuesday to either Friday or Saturday in Washington.

The 23-year-old Britton is 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA over 13 starts.

Showalter says he wants to conserve Britton, who already has thrown 82 innings and has never pitched more than 154 since being drafted in 2006.

Mets recall RHP Carrasco, option Thayer

PITTSBURGH -- The Mets recalled D.J. Carrasco from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned Dale Thayer in a swap of right-handers for the bullpen.

Carrasco was working primarily as a starter in Triple-A, going 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in nine games. Mets manager Terry Collins said he would serve as the team's long man.

Carrasco was on New York's opening day roster, going 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA in eight games before being optioned April 24.

Cardinals put OF Craig on DL

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals purchased the contract of Andrew Brown from Triple-A Memphis and put Allen Craig on the 15-day disabled list in a switch of outfielders.

The 26-year-old Brown will be the sixth Cardinals player to make his major league debut this season.

Craig, a right fielder, has a bruised right knee.

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