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Mike Lowell loves you. Yes, you

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Mike Lowell was asked near the end of his press conference what it meant to him to have the support of so many fans:

“I love the fans,” he said, saying he has his wife check out what people say on web sites about him. “She says, ‘You know how many people are really on your side in all of this?’ I think they’ll be more emotional if Adrian Beltre starts off slow and they’ll be much less emotional if he starts off hot. That’s kind of the way it goes.

“Things can change really quickly. But I don’t want to discount the fact that I feel like I’ve had tremendous support. and I think the fans appreciate the way I played the last four years in Boston. I think they appreciate someone who comes to play every day. I think I showed that I played hurt, maybe to the detriment of their eyes because that blur across the screen running the bases was probably not me.

“But, yeah, that’s a very flattering thing, I’ll be honest with you. Very flattering when the fans feel like there’s an injustice being put on you. That’s a good feeling when you have the fans on your side.”

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Forgot to mention this before. But Baseball America listed its Top 100 Prospects today.

The Sox on the list:

21: OF Ryan Westmoreland
24: RHP Casey Kelly
75: OF Josh Reddick
87: 1B Lars Anderson

The top prospect is Braves outfielder Jason Heyward. Lefthander Nick Hagadone, one of the players sent to Cleveland to obtain Victor Martinez last summer, was No. 44.

I’m a little surprised Jose Iglesias is not ranked. But given that he didn’t play until the AFL, they didn’t have a lot to go on with him.

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These lists are obviously highly subjective. But the guys at BA put in a lot of time to this endeavor and speak to a lot of peope in the game. Their list is pretty solid.

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