Sunday August 08, 2010 | 04:28 PM

Red Sox first-base prospect Anthony Rizzo turned 21 on Sunday. He celebrated with a 4-for-5 day for the Portland Sea Dogs, including a three run bomb to right field.

The blast cleared the pavilion, which is 56-feet high. Sea Dogs officials retrieved the ball in the neighboring Fitzpatrick Stadium and estimated that it traveled 490 feet.

Rizzo has 14 home runs for Portland. Counting his time in Class A Salem, he has 19 home runs, tops among Red Sox minor leaguers. Rizzo is batting .272 for the Sea Dogs (.337 since July 15).

Rizzo provided one of the few bright spots Sunday, in Portland's 16-8 loss to Richmond. Starter Stephen Fife (6-4) was knocked out early, allowing 11 runs on 13 hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Tonight, the Red Sox play the Yankees. Here is Boston's lineup: 

Ellsbury CF; Scutaro SS; Ortiz DH; Martinez 1B; Drew RF; Beltre 3B; Kalish LF; Hall 2B; Cash C; (Beckett P)

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