Xander Bogaerts collects first career hit

The Guru
Contributing Writer

Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, Xander Bogaerts recorded his major league hit. Hopefully it's the first of many.

Bogaerts drilled a single to right field in the ninth inning of the Red Sox's 4-2 win over the Dodgers. Bogaerts pointed to the sky as he reached first base, and the Red Sox collected the baseball for safe keeping.

After the game Bogaerts was asked what he was going to do with the baseball. "Hit it," he answered. Now that's funny. Once the question was clarified, Bogaerts said, "Bring it back home to my family, put it in a nice room by itself."

Before the hit, Boston's No. 1 prospect had made just one start and was 0-for-5 since being recalled from Triple-A.

Bogaerts said, "When I got the call from Pawtucket, I was going through a little rough stretch, but after a rough stretch the good ones come. So hopefully I'm getting into a rhythm now."

The game was televised nationally on FOX, so Bogaerts hoped some friends back home in Aruba were able to catch a glimpse.

"Hopefully a lot of people from Aruba saw it," Bogaerts said. "Like I say, hopefully it'll be the first of many more."

Manager John Farrell said that Bogaerts might be in the lineup on Sunday against Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano.

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