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Boxford’s Shepard signs free-agent deal with Cubs
Boxford’s Kyle Shepard was perfectly content to pitch for the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League this summer. But when he was offered a free-agent contract from the Chicago Cubs, the former standout at Masconomet Regional could not say no. So after making a successful return to the mound from Tommy John surgery as a senior at Stonehill College, the hard-throwing lefthander is starting pro ball in the Arizona League.