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June 1, 2013

Boggs returns to minors

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs, a Dalton native, was sent down to Triple-A Memphis  on Friday, his second trip to the minors this season after his struggles in the majors continued.

Boggs handled closer duties earlier this season after regular closer Jason Motte suffered a season-ending injury, but he has an 11.05 ERA in 14 2/3 innings pitched in 2013 and has blown three save opportunities. The latest was against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, when he entered in the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead but allowed two runs without recording an out. The Royals won 4-2.

The 2002 Dalton High School graduate, who first reached the majors in 2008, was part of St. Louis’ 2011 World Series championship team but has faced ups and downs in his professional career. Boggs, who is under a one-year contract with the Cardinals, was demoted in May after a rough first month of the season; he was called up to St. Louis two weeks later.

Boggs is being replaced by rookie Keith Butler, who made 13 appearances in Double-A Springfield (Mo.) and allowed just one run in 13 2/3 innings.

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