The Tampa Bay Rays are heading to Boston for a key September series and they're bringing their good-luck charm - 1B/DH Dan Johnson.
Johnson, who hit the memorable home run off Jonathan Papelbon in September 2008, was called up from Triple-A Durham and will join the team today. Johnson started the season as the everyday first baseman but was sent down in late May. To make room for him to be re-added to the 40-man roster, RHP Jay Buente was released.
As expected, the Rays also recalled LHP Alex Torres, providing another arm for the bullpen and a potential candidate to start after the doubleheader in New York.
Also, RHPs Rob Delaney and Mike Ekstrom - designated for assignment earlier in the week - both cleared waivers. The Rays are waiting to hear if they will accept outright assignments back to Durham.