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Opening-day roster spot looks likely for Bradley Jr.

According to boston.com and espn.com, the Boston Red Sox cleared the way for prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. to make the opening day roster when they informed outfielder Ryan Sweeney last night that they would not purchase his contract.

The move indicates that Bradley and left fielder/first baseman Mike Carp have earned spots on the 25-man roster.

Bradley singled in a run in his only at-bat in last night’s 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, raising his spring batting average to .441 (26-for-59) with 12 RBI and 12 runs scored. Carp was hitting .195 with a homer and five RBI through Wednesday.

In other news, the Red Sox said shortstop Stephen Drew will begin the season on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

In last night’s win over the Twins, Clay Buchholz pitched one-hit ball for four scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out six. The Sox and Twins meet again today and tomorrow in the final two games of Grapefruit League play.

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