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June 20, 2013

Young gun

At just 18, Callahan a rising star in Sox organization

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The oldest Spinner is 29-year-old Matt Maloney, who is on an extended stay while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

One jewel to another

As a Red Sox farmhand, Jamie Callahan cannot help but dream of one day playing at Fenway Park.

If he does, it would be Callahan’s second opportunity to pitch at one of Major League Baseball’s crown jewel ballparks.

Two summers ago, Callahan had the opportunity to pitch at Wrigley Field in the Under Armour All-American Baseball Game, a that featured the best from the US, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

“It was awesome,” he said. “Walking through the locker room, knocking all the history and all the players that have walked through there is pretty amazing. It was crazy.

“Maybe it will be Fenway next.”

Opening Day at a glance

Kendrick Perkins was the hero in his second opening day as a Lowell Spinner, going 4 for 4 with a double and three RBIs in the 5-1 win over Connecticut. He is working his way back from a concussion.

“I’ve been trying not to put too much pressure on myself this season,” said Perkins. “I wanted a fifth at-bat. I feel like I have grown as a hitter. Once I got hurt and went back to Florida, I really wanted to change my game.” ...

The Connecticut Tigers featured a pair of familiar names. Starting left fielder Ben Verlander is the younger brother of Detroit Tigers ace and 2011 AL MVP Justin Verlander and DH Pat Leyland is the son of Detroit manager Jim Leyland.

Verlander was selected in the 14th round of the 2013 draft and Leyland was taken in the eighth round last season. …

Watertown police chief Ed Deveau, who played a major role in the manhunt following the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings, and two of his officers threw out the first pitch.

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