Red Sox call up Xander Bogaerts to boost bench

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Red Sox called up their top prospect on Monday. But 20-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts wasn’t in the starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants.

Bogaerts is joining the Red Sox to provide depth on the left side of the infield and not necessarily to play every day, manager John Farrell said. The plan is to start him on Tuesday night and go from there.

“It’s definitely an exciting day,” said Bogaerts, who was playing dominos with some teammates at Triple A Pawtucket when he got a telephone call on Sunday night summoning him to Boston. “I was surprised.”

Farrell said the righthanded hitting Bogaerts would be a compliment to lefthanded hitting shortstop Stephen Drew.

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