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The Globe's sports section gets a makeover

Amalie Benjamin is taking over for Gordon Edes as the paper's Red Sox beat writer. Also, Tony Massarotti is jumping from the Herald for a new online-focused job. Plus, Boston.com gets a new sports reporter!

Here's the memo* sports editor Joe Sullivan sent this afternoon: 

We have some very exciting changes to announce in the sports department.

Amalie Benjamin will succeed Gordon Edes as the Red Sox beat writer. As everyone can see, she's already on the job and ready for a pennant race.

Tony Massarotti will join the Globe from the Herald in the first week of September. Tony's job is a newly created position as he will become the face and voice of boston.com sports, featured prominently on the sports home page. Tony's insights and unique style will also appear in the print edition.

Chad Finn, a part-time copy editor on the sports desk, has been named to the newly created position of sports news reporter for boston.com. Chad, who will begin his duties the first week of September, will keep the website updated with fresh and interesting items during the day. The rest of the Globe staff will continue to contribute to the sports blogs on the site.

Corey Allen, a former all-star co-op in the sports department, will join the sports desk as a part-time copy editor, replacing Chad.

Wish them all good luck.

As a non-Sox fan, it's tough for me to judge the Benjamin hire. Any Sox-centric readers care to offer their thoughts on Benjamin's coverage? 

P.S.--I should have offered a quick take on Massarotti. While I found his post-Tomasegate column baffling, I tend to like his stuff when I read it--and when I interviewed him for a sports bloggers v. MSM sports reporters piece a few weeks back, he struck me as a smart, thoughtful guy. As for Chad Finn, he's obviously landed himself a terrific job. 

*NOTE: I originally omitted the beginning and end of Sullivan's memo because I didn't have them, but now the first and last grafs have been added. Let the record show that Sullivan is not a weirdly brusque email writer. 

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