Friday March 16, 2012 | 12:51 PM

The Boston Red Sox sent 8 players from their major league camp to the minors, including two players assigned to the Sea Dogs.

Boston sent outfielder Ch-Hsuan Lin and third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket, and second baseman Oscar Tejeda and left-handed pitcher Drake Britton to Portland.

Four other players, not on the 40-man roster, were simply re-assigned to the minors, although their expected destination will be Pawtucket: right-handed pitchers Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone and Alex Wilson, and outfielder Juan Carlos Linares.

Tejeda, 22, played all last season with the Sea Dogs, batting .249 with five home runs.

Britton, 22, struggled at advanced Class A Salem last season (1-13, 6.91 ERA), but was still put on the 40-man roster because of his potential (a lefty with a fastball in the 90's). It will be surprising if he remains at the Double-A level to begin the season, but maybe the Red Sox like what they've seen this spring.

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