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According to Joe McDonald of the Providence Journal, Javier Lopez has cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. The left-hander was DFA'd last week in order to clear roster space for Daniel Bard. Lopez, who had posted a 9.26 ERA through 11 2/3 innings in the bigs, hopes to work his way back to Boston this season.
"It's a long season and it's early," Lopez said Saturday. "Things didn't work out the way I wanted them to up there. It's a special club and if you're not getting the job done they're going to get people up there [who can]. It's not a division you can really slack off in, so that's all the motivation I need."