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Bradley George Boxberger

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The son of Rod Boxberger, pitcher Brad Boxberger reached the majors with the San Diego Padres in 2012.

Boxberger was drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He instead chose to follow in his father's footsteps at the University of Southern California. In 2007 he went 3-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 14 games, and in 2008 he went 2-4 with a 6.12 ERA in 18 games.

Boxberger was later chosen by the Cincinnati Reds in the supplemental first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Rex de la Nuez and made his pro debut the following year with the Lynchburg Hillcats. He was 5-10, 4.91 in 36 games between Lynchburg and the Carolina Mudcats that first year. He was a starter at Lynchburg but moved to the bullpen when promoted to AA Carolina. In 2011, he spent the entire season as a reliever between Carolina (1-2, 1.31 in 30 games) and the AAA Louisville Bats (1-2, 2.93 in 25 games). He saved 11 games and struck out 93 batters in 62 innings. On December 17th, he was traded to the San Diego Padres with Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Edinson Volquez in return for pitcher Mat Latos.

Brad made his major league debut with the Padres on June 10, 2012, pitching a scoreless inning of relief against the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched 24 times for the Padres that first season, all in relief, with no decisions and a 2.60 ERA.

Boxberger was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays on January 22, 2014, as part of a seven-player deal also involving Alex Torres and Logan Forsythe. On May 8th, he did something that had apparently never been done before by a pitcher in the big leagues: he replaced David Price in the 6th inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles with the bases loaded and nobody out. He then threw nine pitches to strike out the side, ending the threat without allowing a run. In spite of his magnificent intervention, the Rays still lost the game, 3-1.

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