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Baseball: Red Sox promote Providence graduate Sam Travis to big leagues

It was only a matter of time before Providence Catholic graduate Sam Travis got the call.

The Boston Red Sox on Tuesday selected the contract of the 23-year-old first baseman from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez to Pawtucket.

The right-handed hitting Travis enjoyed a four-game series last week against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, where he went 11-for-19 with four extra-base hits and seven RBIs. He got off slowly this season, a 5-for-36 start in his first 10 games, but has heated up in May to raise his average to .284 (36-for-126). He had nine doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs with a .353 on-base percentage, .452 slugging percentage and .805 OPS.

Travis appeared to be on track to make his major league debut sometime in 2016, but a torn ACL suffered May 29 ended his season.

The Red Sox were scheduled to host Texas on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

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