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Red Sox sign first-round draft pick Trey Ball

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Ron Ball grew up in Indiana rooting for the Yankees because Don Mattingly was from Evansville. But on Wednesday, Ball stood on the field at Fenway Park proudly wearing a blue Red Sox polo shirt.

His loyalties took a sharp turn June 6 when the Red Sox drafted his son, Trey, with the seventh overall pick of the draft.

“When the call came that Boston was interested at 7, that surprised us,” Ron Ball said. “We were thinking he might go 10-15th, somewhere in there. I told Trey that was an incredible opportunity.”

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