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Baseball agent Scott Boras, right, and assistant Luis Garcia watch a recent Padres batting practice.

Area baseball beat: Agent Boras unfazed by Jay-Z's new pursuit

Published: Sunday, Jul. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C

Scott Boras of Elk Grove has been a successful sports agent far too long to be baited into a confrontation with new agent and Grammy-winning rap star Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z.

An entertainment company founded by Jay-Z has added sports representation through a partnership with Creative Artists Agency, and Roc Nation Sports landed its first client by luring New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano from Boras. Cano was in the final season of a $57 million contract.

Now the pop culture icon has used his music to one-up his rival in the track "Crown," from his "Magna Carta Holy Grail" release:

"Scott Boras, you over baby, Robinson Cano, you coming with me" are part of the lyrics.

None of this seems to bother Boras, 60.

"What I've learned through my time in the business is that you can't worry about external factors," Boras told ESPN.com. "You just have to focus on being the best you can be. Exterior approaches are not new to the game.

"Many in practice have come in and tried to grab the game. … All I can offer the player is all my time will be spent only on baseball," Boras told Yahoo Sports.

Boras has lost high-profile players before Cano, among them Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. Teixeira and Rodriguez left after landing $180 million and $275 million deals, respectively.

But Boras certainly isn't hurting for clients, with Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey, Prince Fielder and dozens of others.

Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports also represent Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder among others, and he's reportedly targeting Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Yoenis Cespedes of the A's.

Maybe Boras should start to worry.

Hoskins a Cape Cod hit

Rhys Hoskins, a consensus freshman All-American at Sacramento State last season, is making a good impression in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the oldest and top summer amateur league in the country.

In 24 games through Friday with the Falmouth Commodores, Hoskins (Jesuit High School) leads the league in RBIs with 23 and runs with 26 and is second in home runs with four and fourth in hitting at .371.

UC Santa Barbara first baseman Tyler Kuresa (Oakmont) and UC Davis second baseman Tino Lipson also play in the league that began in 1885. Kuresa is hitting .200 for the Bourne Braves. Lipson's .362 leads the Wareham Gatemen.

Et cetera

• After throwing a no-hitter and one-hitter in consecutive starts, right-hander Eddie Gamboa (UC Davis) was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk by the Baltimore Orioles.

• A number of area players are on the roster of the Marysville Gold Sox in the Horizon Air Summer Series. The Gold Sox, a professional-grade community baseball team with collegiate players, play 44 home games over 11 weeks at Appeal-Democrat Park in Marysville.

Area players on this year's squad include catchers Christian Divelbiss (Yuba City) and Shawn Wheeler (Bella Vista, Cosumnes River, Sac State), infielders Shaun Mize (Woodcreek) and Louis Mejia (Jesuit), outfielders Brad Gerig (Jesuit, Sierra) and Tom Lininger (Bella Vista) and pitchers Alex Fitchett (Oak Ridge, Sac State), Ryan Pope (Yuba City), Chandler Eden (Yuba City) and Kea Vierra (Sierra.)

• Five area high school players were named to the A's roster for the Area Code Games (Aug. 5-10) at Blair Field in Long Beach: outfielder Derek Hill (Elk Grove) and pitchers Matt Trask (Davis), Cameron Avila-Leeper (Grant), Tyler Schimpf (Capital Christian) and Mitch Hart (Granite Bay).

• Mauricio Dubon of Capital Christian High School signed with the Boston Red Sox. The shortstop was a 26th-round draft pick. Terms of the deal were not announced.

• Bob Bates, 82, called after reading last month about Roger Osenbaugh's death to remind that his friend got his pitching start in 1945 on the under-125- pound summer league team called French's Senators.

The team was made up Curtis Park area players, including former major-league third baseman Joe Kirrene (Christian Brothers).

Bates, the team's co-manager, said Osenbaugh pitched every game and led the team into the league championship game against Inks Brothers Market, led by former major-league pitcher Gordon Jones (Sacramento). Inks Brothers Market won 4-2, Bates recalled.

Mark McDermott is a freelance writer specializing in Sacramento-area baseball. Contact him egmacker@yahoo.com.

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