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Patience pays off for Bogaerts

Red Sox rookie shows poise beyond his years in expanded postseason role

Updated: October 23, 2013, 7:59 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- We are drawn to him because he represents boundless possibilities, a youthful exuberance untainted by frustration, disillusionment or disappointment.

Xander Bogaerts, the youngest player to start a playoff game in Boston Red Sox history, has joined the postseason fray exhibiting uncommon poise and patience. He has done so with only a smidgeon of major league experience and the bare minimum of postseason whiskers.

Three times in the clinching Game 6 of the American League ...

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