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Xander Bogaerts is the Red Sox Future

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SAN FRANCISCO — I have seen Red Sox Future and its name is Xander Bogaerts.

Deftly handling questions from the media, enjoying his first day in the big leagues, Bogaerts sat in the first base dugout at AT&T Park just before 4 p.m. Monday.

Red Sox Future got the call to the majors while he was playing dominoes with his Triple A teammates Sunday night. We were all hoping Bogaerts would be in the lineup against Tim Lincecum for the first game of this road trip, but John Farrell went with Stephen Drew at short. Not very “sexy.” No wonder NESN’s ratings are flat (Friday night’s Red Sox-Yankee telecast was slammed by a preseason football game involving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

Farrell said Bogaerts will start Tuesday against Giants righthander Ryan Vogelsong.

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