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November 3, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Richardson named to AFL Rising Stars game


Rosters for the fourth annual Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game were released on Tuesday, and left-handed reliever Dustin Richardson was the lone Red Sox player selected. The game will take place this Saturday, November 7, and will be televised at 8:15 PM EST on the MLB Network.

This fall, Richardson has pitched 7.2 innings with a 5.87 ERA and 11 strikeouts against 5 walks. A fifth-round selection by the Red Sox in 2006, Richardson pitched in 45 games out of the bullpen between Portland and Pawtucket in 2009, compiling a 2.55 ERA in 76 innings. He struck out 96 while walking 42 in his first season as a relief pitcher. Richardson's success in the minors led to a call-up to Boston on September 28, and in three games with Boston, he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings.

The Rising Stars Game, which will pit players from the Eastern Division Mesa Solar Sox, Phoenix Desert Dogs and Scottsdale Scorpions against players from the Western Division Peoria Javelinas, Peoria Saguaros and the Surprise Rafters, is a showcase of top minor league talent participating in the AFL. This year's contest is especially ripe with talent, including 2009 first overall pick Stephen Strasburg, who is scheduled to start for the East.