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Sox prospect leads World over US





Oh it's so good to have such a studly farm system:

NEW YORK (AP) — Already, the Boston Red Sox are feeling right at home in Yankee Stadium during All-Star week.

Red Sox minor leaguer Che-Hsuan Lin hit a two-run homer and nine World team pitchers combined on a three-hitter Sunday for a 3-0 victory over the United States in the Futures Game.


Lin got the defending champs off to a rousing start Sunday, earning an MVP award that went to major league stars such as Alfonso Soriano, Jose Reyes and Grady Sizemore in previous years.

The half-filled crowd wasn't impressed, chanting "Let's Go Yankees" and booing Lin — as it would anyone in a Red Sox cap — while he was interviewed on television near the mound after the final out.

"I was so nervous," the 19-year-old Taiwanese outfielder said through a translator. "Just wanted to do my best."

After coming off the bench to play center in the sixth, Lin drove the first pitch he saw from Colorado reliever Ryan Mattheus down the left-field line in the seventh to give manager Tino Martinez's World team a 3-0 cushion.

Lin's having a decent season with Greenville, batting .251/.346/.373 with 26 stolen bases. The word is he's a great outfielder in every aspect and obviously has some speed. If he can get that batting average up, everything should be in place.