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Betts, Owens named to Futures Game roster

Betts, Owens named to Futures Game roster

SEATTLE -- Mookie Betts, the prospect who has been drawing buzz in Red Sox Nation all season, will play in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis on July 13.

Betts, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, is hitting .346 in 74 games in the Minors this season with eight homers and 47 RBIs. The right-handed hitter has 28 stolen bases and a .957 OPS.

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Betts has played second base and outfield this season, with his exposure to the latter position creating speculation he could soon join the Red Sox.

Lefty Henry Owens, who is currently at Double-A Portland and ranked the club's top prospect, will join Betts in the showcase game for top prospects.

Both players will be on the U.S. Team.

Owens has dazzled this season, going 9-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 14 starts.

The Futures Game, which is now in its 16th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team, which has won each of the last four contests, leads the all-time series, 9-6. The game will begin at 5 p.m. ET and can be viewed live on MLB.com and MLB Network.

The game can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

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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