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Boston pitcher Austin Maddox fields the ball on a single by New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, left, during the seventh inning of the first game of a doubleheader in Boston on Sunday. The Yankees won 3-0.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Published: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:41 p.m.

Former Florida standout Austin Maddox is experiencing the trials and tribulations of a lot of Triple A players.

On Sunday, Maddox was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and pitched in the first game of a doubleheader, tossing a scoreless 1 2/3 innings. It was Maddox's second stint with the Red Sox, having earlier executed two scoreless appearances in mid-June. He was called up to provide depth in the bullpen.

Later Sunday, the Red Sox optioned Maddox back to Pawtucket.

Maddox's teammate at Florida, rookie pitcher Brian Johnson, called up earlier Tuesday from Triple-A Pawtucket, remained unbeaten with the big club thanks to the late rally. Johnson (2-0) allowed three runs, all earned, and eight hits over six innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

It was Johnson's fifth start of the season for the Red Sox. The 26-year-old has a 4.29 ERA over 21 innings, but he exited his most recent start on June 14 after 2 2/3 frames with a left shoulder injury. Tuesday's effort was a good sign.

Another former UF standout, Seattle catcher Mike Zunino, went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in Monday night's win against the Astros. It was Zunino's 13th home run of the season. He was given Tuesday off.

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