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July 15, 2013

Bogaerts strokes two hits in All-Star Futures Game

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Top Boston Red Sox prospect, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who Baseball America recently ranked the fourth best professional prospect, went 2 for 3 with a walk and run in the All-Star Futures Game in New York yesterday.

Bogaerts, who is with Triple-A Pawtucket and was featured in Saturday’s Eagle-Tribune, played for the World team which lost 4-2 to the United States team.

The U.S. team included two other highly-touted Red Sox prospects, right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and third baseman Garin Cecchini both who play for Double-A Portland.

Cecchini, who was ranked 41st by Baseball America, went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Ranaudo, ranked 37th by Baseball America, allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in 0.2 innings.

Middlebrooks homers

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who started the year with the Red Sox, smashed a two-run homer in the PawSox’ 6-2 loss to Rochester.

He is batting .255 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and one double in 94 at-bats for Pawtucket.

Fisher Cats win in extras

Brad Glenn’s two-out, two-run homer broke a 5-5 tie in the 12th inning and led the Fisher Cats 7-5 over Reading.

Glenn finished with two home runs as the Fisher Cats swept Reading.

Kevin Nolan and Adam Loewen also homered for the Fisher Cats (46-46).

The Fisher Cats play against the Portland Sea Dogs today at 7:05 p.m. at home.

Cabrera’s rehab

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will continue his rehab assignment with the Fisher Cats today through Wendesday. Cabrera, 28, was placed on the Blue Jays’ 15-day disabled list June 28 with left knee tendinitis.

He was hitting .278 in 78 games for Toronto.

Pitchers’ duel in Lowell

The Lowell Spinners lost 1-0 to Jamestown in a pitchers’ duel at LeLacheur Park yesterday.

Manuel Margot went 3 for 4 with a double. Over his past five games, Margot is 10 for 20, raising his average from .246 to .303.

Lowell starter Ty Buttrey threw 5.0 scoreless, allowing just two hits and two walks, striking out a season-best four. He has thrown 5.0 scoreless in each of the last two outings to lower his ERA to 2.22. The two teams play against today at 7:05 p.m. Sergio Gomez will start for Lowell.

SENSATIONAL SLIDE Top Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts avoided being tagged out at home with a sensational slide in the All-Star Futures Game yesterday. See a video of the slide (courtesy of MLB.com) on Christopher Smith's Smitty on Baseball blog, which can be found on The Eagle-Tribune website.