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Box Score Bits: Pattersons making noise

Updated: July 6, 2010, 11:24 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
Boston Red Sox outfielder Eric Patterson smacked a pair of solo home runs Monday, his first two with his new team. Patterson has five hits in 15 at-bats with the Red Sox, but his career .223 batting average should not be disregarded. Like other Red Sox outfielders who entered with a bang this season (Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava), this one isn't likely to last.

Meanwhile, older brother Corey Patterson of the Baltimore Orioles doubled in five at-bats Monday and stole his 16th base of the season. With a .290 batting average, thanks in part to a 10-game hitting streak, and plenty of speed in 45 games, Patterson has exceeded expectations and might not lose playing time to Felix Pie because of it.

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jayson Nix homered twice Monday, a week after being claimed on waivers. He's hitting .286 for his new team, with six of the hits being for extra bases. Nix doesn't have much of a major league track record, but this former first-round pick did hit for decent power for a middle infielder in the minors.

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