Monday March 21, 2011 | 07:21 AM

The Red Sox sent three more players to the minors on Sunday, assigning outfielder Daniel Nava and catcher Mark Wagner to Triple-A and placing pitcher Matt Fox in the minor league camp.

None of the three cuts were a surprise, although the Red Sox have some decisions to make in the outfield and catching departments. Nava (pictured while with the Sea Dogs in 2009) is going to be one of a crowd in the Pawtucket outfielder, once Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick are assigned there. Juan Carlos Linares and Bubba Bell are already there.

Also, in the catching department, if either Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Jason Varitek get injured, who would Boston call up? Neither Wagner nor Luis Exposito have any major league experience. Catcher Paul Hoover, here on a minor league contract, is still in the major league camp.

Fox, who was claimed off waivers from Minnesota last September, and eventually removed from the 40-man roster, was not a surprise. He will be in Pawtucket.

More cuts are coming. Andrew Miller showed he has work to do after facing six batters on Sunday (4 hits, 2 walks, 6 runs).

Today has some interesting game. Jon Lester goes against the Phillies' Roy Halladay in Clearwater. The Yankees will play the Rays, with Bartolo Colon taking the mound for New York. With a good outing, Colon could become the Yankees' No. 5 starter.

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