Friday June 03, 2011 | 04:23 PM

Score one for perseverance.

Tommy Hottovy, 29, the left-handed pitcher who spent parts of six seasons with the Portland Sea Dogs, is finally go to the majors.

Hottovy, a starter when the Sox drafted him in the fourth round of 2004, has become an effective side-armed reliever. He is replacing another side-armer, Rich Hill, who injured his arm on Wednesday.

To make room for Hottovy on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 60-man disabled list.

Hottovy could have signed with another organization after last season, as a minor league free agent. He re-signed with the Red Sox.

"With the Red Sox," he said last spring, "they know me, They've invested in me."

Although he had to begin this season in Portland, Hottovy always maintained his glass-half-full personality.

"For them to still keep me around, it tells me that they still want me," he said when the rosters were set at the end of spring training. "So something is going right and I need to keep working."

He did, and now he is being rewarded.

See The Story we wrote in spring training.



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