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Deven Marrero is leaving camp, but not before he got a big dose of Dustin Pedroia

03.04.13 at 9:05 am ET
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The Red Sox made three roster moves Monday, optioning pitcher Drake Britton to Double-A Portland, while reassigning infielder/outfielder Justin Henry and shortstop Deven Marrero to minor league camp.

The moves leave the Red Sox with 57 players in big league camp, including 17 non-roster invitees.

Marrero, the Red Sox’€™ first-round pick of a year ago, got in three spring training games, going 1-for-2. Henry saw action in seven games, notching one hit in eight at-bats.

Britton made two relief appearances, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings.

For Marrero, who was the first Red Sox position player since Scott Hatteberg to be invited to big league camp the year after being drafted, the experience was invaluable.

‘€œIt being my first camp, especially coming to big league camp, I just wanted to get my work in and look at these guys and pick their brains,’€ he said. ‘€œThey’€™re here for a reason. They’€™ve been playing this game for a while. They’€™ve stayed in the big leagues and that’€™s something I want to do. I want to watch how they go about their business.’€

A bonus for Marrero ‘€“ getting a closer look at fellow Arizona State product Dustin Pedroia.

‘€œI think that’€™s the most surprising thing to me, is how he goes about his business,’€ Marrero said. ‘€œHe practices how he plays. I thought he might take a break. He doesn’€™t. He goes at it hard every second. It’€™s how I want to model my game after, too.

‘€œIt’€™s pretty awesome. He has fun with everybody. Even when he goes back to ASU, he’€™s the same guy. He goes over there, goofs around, has fun with all the guys and he works hard, too.’€

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