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Xander Bogaerts destined for bigs

Powering toward Boston, 20-year-old Red Sox phenom dazzles in Pawtucket debut

Updated: June 16, 2013, 9:36 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BALTIMORE -- His first name is a diminutive form of one favored by conquerors and popes, kings and emperors, inventors and poets. It is pronounced ZAN-der in English, and KSAHN-dur in Dutch, one of the languages of his native Aruba. In its native Greek, it translates to "defender of men."

His last name most typically recalls a Golden Age-era movie star who was a giant on the big screen, just as the Red Sox hope that their Bogaerts, who would tower over Bogie, might one day become one on ...

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