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Red Sox release Lyle Overbay

03.26.13 at 11:06 am ET
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The Red Sox on Tuesday released first baseman Lyle Overbay, who had been invited to spring training on a minor league contract.

The team has yet to reveal a decision regarding Ryan Sweeney, with whom they face a deadline this week as well.

Overbay, a 12-year major league veteran, played for the Diamondbacks and Braves last season, hitting .259/.331/.397/.727 in 65 games (131 plate appearances). The 36-year-old hit .220 in 19 spring training games this year.

Sweeney, acquired from the Athletics in the 2011 trade that also brought Andrew Bailey to Boston, signed a minor league deal to remain with the Sox in January.

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