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The Red Sox to call up top prospect Xander Bogaerts

Aug 19, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Xander Bogaerts AP

After last night’s exhausting and, for Boston, dispiriting game against the Yankees, the Red Sox decided to make a lot of moves. One stands out above the others: they plan to call up top prospect Xander Bogaerts some time today, reports Alex Speier of WEEI.

Bogaerts, only 20 years-old, has hit .299/.389/.481 with 15 homers, seven steals and 67 RBI in 115 games this season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He is easily the organization’s top prospect and will likely see time at short and third.

In addition to the Bogaerts move, the Sox have activated catcher David Ross from the 60-day DL and sent down Ryan Lavarnway and Rubby De La Rosa to Pawtucket.  Those moves, methinks, wont’ bring nearly as much excitement as this one, however.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Might as well bring him up so he can witness a typical late-season Boston collapse firsthand and get used to the misery.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      A precious few have escaped Borg mind control – you’re a member of the Nation – fight the negativity – remember Dave Roberts!

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        Oh, I’m not worried about the Borg, even though they could play spoilers. I just think the Rays and the Orioles are going to have late season surges, and the Sox are looking VERY tired.

        There are a bunch of full games on YouTube now…games 6 and 7 of the ’86 World Series, the 2003 and 2004 Yankees/Sox ALCS, games four of the ’04 and ’07 World Series (Sox swept both), Game 1 of the ’88 World Series (the Kirk Gibson HR)…

        Great stuff…I could just sit and watch the full games like they were played yesterday, especially the ones called by Vin Scully.

      • 1historian - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        no

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        yes

    • Glenn - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      The Sox have won two of the last nine World Series, right? Anyone done better than that? Just checking.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        I know, I know…

        I’m a big Sox fan…I’m just disgusted with them right now. I’m being overly-dramatic, but they ARE in a bit of trouble right now.

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        With Terry Francona as manager, and nobody else. Just checking.

      • lonnie49 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Just checked, and the answer is YES, the Giants have won 2 of the last 3. Oh and the Cardinals have won 2 of the last 7, so obviously you are a tool. And btw, nice attempt at cherry-picking, by picking 9 years as a random number. Let’s try a nice round 15 years, and lo and behold, the Yankees have won 4. Let me repeat, you are a tool.

      • chris213141 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Uh…the Giants and Cards both have 2 titles in the past 3 (Giants) and 7 (Cards) years, so they’re doing better.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    The Red Sox have lost their last 3 series, so change was to be expected. One Red Sox fan told me that Humphrey (much easier to spell than his given name) was called up from the minors because Drew had turned into Dr. Strangeglove recently. Not sure if that is accurate, but it will be interesting to see how the kid does.

    • Morning Star - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Right, because his name, Xander is too hard to spell.

      Your attempt at humor is sophomoric, at best.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        What do you have against sophomoric humor? This site thrives on it.

  3. RoyHobbs39 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Can he pitch in relief?

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      At this point, I’d let Ortiz pitch out of the bullpen.

      • Glenn - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Ortiz could pitch FROM the bullpen and do as well. Injuries have ravaged the Sox bullpen to the point of disaster. Remember when people were saying they should trade Bailey because they had too many closers?

    • lonnie49 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      ah poor Glenn, yes those damn injuries. Where would the Sux be without them!!! If you haven’t noticed that Yankees have lost over 500 games to injuries to all-star and HOF caliber players and are only 6 games behind the Sux…..and speaking of bullpen injuries last year we lost this guy named Rivera for the season, and lo and behold, beat your asses by about 30 games. Go cry in your towel some more. The Rays are going to beat you guys by 5-7 games.

      • ilovekneegrows - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Which, based on your calculations, would put the Rays a solid 12-14 ahead of the Yankees, right

  4. urfinished - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Impressive turnaround from a year ago and they can beat crap teams, but the Sox aren’t built for the title yet. Bogaerts will get some quality time and likely playoff experience. Until they get better pitching, it is just for show.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Not built for the title?

      Well I’m glad you’re here to tell us these things! Chewie, take the professor out back and plug him into the hyperdrive.

      • Glenn - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        They do have the fourth best record and run differential in baseball. Teams with lesser resumes have won titles. There are a lot of flawed “good” teams out there this year.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      The team has been so much better than I thought they’d be, you won’t hear any complaints from me if there’s a late-season collapse. They’ve built something good there, which is a miracle given where the team was on the day it hired Bobby Valentine.

      I think they’ll still win the division, but Detroit looks so much better in the AL. And the Dodgers — no thanks to the Punto trade — are much better in the NL. So, no I don’t have my hopes up. I’m just glad that they’re playing meaningful games again. And I’m also glad that someone tried to injure A-Rod. I’m entertained. That’s all I ask for.

  5. jachaiss - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    What? I am incredible excited they are sending RL down and bring up Ross. Woooooooooooooo!

  6. Pieter Linden - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Would be nice if they could send down pretty much their entire bullpen… or trade them for something useful… maybe a lucky penny?

    • chris213141 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      How about some bloody socks for everyone?

    • 18thstreet - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Granted, the bullpen has been a weakness lately, but how many injuries were they supposed to sustain without it catching up to them? Drake Britton gave them an amazing month. Koji has been glorious. And I really don’t know what was out there on the trade market. Jesse Crain has yet to pitch for the Rays, for example.

      I’m good. They didn’t give away anything important and have lots of options for 2014 and beyond.

  7. sabatimus - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I wonder why they’re calling up Xander now? There’s no dedicated spot for him. They going to sit Drew? Middlebrooks is hitting well again; why bench a guy who’s hitting .462 since he was called back up?

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