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Patriots first-round pick N'Keal Harry snaps off breaking ball for his first pitch at Pawtucket Red Sox game

Patriots first-round pick N'Keal Harry snaps off breaking ball for his first pitch at Pawtucket Red Sox game

Patriots first-round draft pick was a three-sport star in high school in Chandler, Arizona - football, of course, basketball (see his high backboard-shattering dunk here) and track. 

Judging from his ceremonial first pitch at the Pawtucket Red Sox game on Friday night, it looks as if Harry, a 6-2, 228-pound wide receiver from Arizona State, has played some baseball along the way, too.

Harry, who has had quite a week and a half that included OTAs in Foxboro and catching passes from Tom Brady at TB12's house, snaps off a good-looking breaking ball at McCoy Stadium and quickly pulls in a football tossed at him as he comes off the mound.

 

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Mike Shawaryn, Red Sox pitching prospect, gets call to big leagues not far from home

Mike Shawaryn, Red Sox pitching prospect, gets call to big leagues not far from home

NEW YORK -- Mike Shawaryn grew up in Camden County, New Jersey, about 100 miles from Yankee Stadium. He was a Phillies fan -- that part of Jersey is basically southeastern Pennsylvania -- but the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry was impossible to ignore, even for a kid who grew up rooting on Jimmy Rollins and Co.

So, imagine Shawaryn's shock when he got the call on Wednesday night that he'd be joining the Red Sox in New York for a four-game series with the Bombers. Before Thursday's opener was rained out, the right-hander reflected on a whirlwind 18 hours.

"It was pretty special," he said. "I had to take a deep breath just to let it sink it. It's a dream come true. So I had to take a deep breath and let it sink it."

The 24-year-old right-hander went 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he limited opponents to a .230 batting average. Shawaryn could start next week in Kansas City, or he could pitch in long relief. Thursday's rainout, as well as an off day on Monday, gives manager Alex Cora options. He expects to make a firmer decision on Saturday.

In the meantime, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder (he looks a lot bigger, for what it's worth), will try to adjust to his surroundings.

"It's pretty cool," he said. "I remember as a kid watching [Red Sox-Yankees] on TV. So many awesome games and the rivalry is amazing, so to be able to be a part of it, and hopefully help the team win, is always important."

Shawaryn isn't overpowering, but he commands a low-90s fastball and relies heavily on a slider with multiple shapes. The Red Sox selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 draft out of the University of Maryland and he has yet to post an ERA higher than 3.88 at any level.

His first phone call after getting promoted was to his girlfriend, whom he wanted to make sure had enough time to leave work. His second call went to his parents.

"It's kind of been a blur," he said. "Going from it's a dream come true to when you get that phone call to having to figure out travel to get here and getting all the travel and everything. It's a whirlwind, but it's definitely not a bad whirlwind.

"It's pretty cool. I'm thankful it happened to be on the East Coast and not too far from my family and friends. I'm sure they will be making a trek up here at some point during the weekend."

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Patriots' first-round pick N'Keal Harry to throw out first pitch at PawSox game

Patriots' first-round pick N'Keal Harry to throw out first pitch at PawSox game

The Patriots' first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft soon will be put in his first high-pressure situation in New England.

N'Keal Harry is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium on Friday, May 31 before the Pawtucket Red Sox's matchup against the Syracuse Mets.

The 6-foot-2 wide receiver will take photos with fans on the main concourse at McCoy from 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Harry has Patriots fans waiting anxiously to see how he'll gel with his new quarterback, Tom Brady. The Arizona State product has been impressive early on in OTAs and has some believing he'll have an immediate impact in his rookie year.

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