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By BRENDAN McGAIR
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ Now comes the obvious question. With the PawSoxâ€™ season officially over, will any players get called up to Boston?
Two members of the Governorsâ€™ Cup-clinching ball club were informed following Tuesdayâ€™s 10-3 loss in the Triple-A National Championship that they will be spending the balance of the Red Soxâ€™ season with the parent club. When Boston opens a home series against the playoff-chasing Baltimore Orioles on Friday, third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever Pedro Beato are expected to be included on the active roster.
Valencia and Beato were two of the four Pawtucket players on Bostonâ€™s 40-man roster. The other two are starting pitcher Zach Stewart and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin. Another potential call-up, reliever Alex Wilson, was told that he would not be joining the BoSox.
Valencia and Beato joined the organization last month via trades with the Twins and Mets, respectively. Both have already spent time with the Red Sox and figure to provide Bobby Valentine with the roster flexibility heâ€™s been searching for.
Valenica, who turned 28 Wednesday, appeared in 13 regular-season games with Pawtucket, batting .306. He hit .208 during the International League playoffs, though he did hit two home runs and drive in six runs.
Beato has not pitched since Sept. 7 when he surrendered a walk-off home run in Game Three of Pawtucketâ€™s first-round series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 25-year-old did not allow a run in four appearances spanning five innings for Pawtucket after spending the bulk of the season with Triple-A Buffalo.