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Colabello Set for Fenway Homecoming

Last season, Chris Colabello missed out on his only chance to play in front of his hometown crowd. After a hot start, the then-Minnesota Twin struggled due to a nagging injury and ended up being assigned to AAA just before the team was slated to come to Boston for its only trip in 2014.
This time around, there's no doubt Colabello will be on the field when the Toronto Blue Jays visit Fenway this weekend. He'll also be in the middle of the order.
The Milford High School and Assumption College graduate has been on a tear for the past month since the Jays called him up from AAA Buffalo. He extended his hit streak to 18 games on Monday, the longest for a Blue Jays player since Scott Rolen in 2009. He started the week hitting .355 in 121 at bats with four home runs and 19 runs batted in. Last Sunday, he lifted the Jays to a walk-off win over the Astros with a ninth inning base hit.
The 31-year old has gotten the chance to play against the Sox this season. In a three game series in Toronto earlier in the year, he went 4-for-10 and hit a home run of Boston lefthander Wade Miley.
Colabello grew up in Milford and was a two-year varsity player at MHS, graduating in 2001. He was the cleanup hitter on the 2001 Post 59 Milford Legion team that advanced to the American Legion World Series after capturing the state and Northeast regional titles. His baseball career continued in the Bay State with four years at Assumption and another seven spent playing in the unaffiliated Can-Am League, most of that with the Worcester Tornadoes.
Given that he's coming home for the first time as a Major Leaguer, it should come as no surprise that he's been inundated with ticket requests...too many, in fact, to handle.
"I told my parents that we would unfortunately have to say no to people ahead of time," he said. "I would say everyone was pretty good about understanding that they should get their own tickets."
As one of the hottest hitters on the team, and in the American League, Colabello figures to be in the lineup for all three games of the weekend series. The Red Sox and Blue Jays face off at 7:10 p.m. on Friday night. They will play day baseball on both Saturday and Sunday, with each game slated for a 1:35 p.m. start time.




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