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Bogaerts picks up first big league hit

Bogaerts picks up first big league hit

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Bogaerts picks up first big league hit

LOS ANGELES -- After going hitless in his first five Major League at-bats, Xander Bogaerts was thrilled to drill a single to right field in the ninth inning of the Red Sox's 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.

Bogaerts pointed to the sky as he reached first base, and the Red Sox collected the baseball -- a sure keepsake for Bogaerts.

Boston's No. 1 prospect has made just one start since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, but he's enjoying life in the Majors.

"I'm getting there," said Bogaerts. "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."

Bogaerts was beaming on first base after the hit in front of a nationally televised audience on FOX.

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

Bogaerts came into the game as part of a double switch, playing third base in the eighth and ninth. Manager John Farrell said that Bogaerts might be in the lineup on Sunday against lefty Chris Capuano.

What does Bogaerts plan on doing with the baseball?

"Bring it back home to my family, put it in a nice room by itself," said Bogaerts.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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