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Xander Bogaerts Leads Red Sox's Offensive Onslaught

MINEAPOLIS — In this Boston Red Sox lineup that's packed with potent bats, Xander Bogaerts has fast become the best of an imposing bunch.

The 23-year-old shortstop from Aruba has been an awfully tough out at Minnesota this weekend.

Bogaerts tacked four more hits on his majors-most total, including a two-run homer to help the Red Sox break away late to beat the Twins 15-4 on Saturday.

"Bogey's exciting to watch each and every day," manager John Farrell said after Bogaerts followed a 4-for-5, four-RBI night with a 4-for-5, four-run, three-RBI afternoon. He homered for the second straight day and raised his AL-best batting average to .358.