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Sat, 06/12/2010 - 6:30pm  

Nava stars Red Sox beat up Phillies again

Daniel Nava became just the second player in modern recorded history to hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the majors and J.D. Drew fell just a triple shy of the cycle as the Red Sox pounded the Phillies for the second straight game, 10-2, Saturday at Fenway Park.

 

Nava's history-making homer came off Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton (1-5) in the bottom of the second and capped a five-run uprising, which began with Drew's home run to right field. Nava was just the second player in Red Sox history to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat, joining Rip Repulski, who did it on May 10, 1960. Nava was called up when Jeremy Hermida went on the disabled list and ironically, Hermida is one of the four players in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first big league at-bat. Kevin Kouzmanoff [2006] and Bill Duggleby [1898] are the other two. 

 

Manny Delcarmen (2-2) earned the win by throwing two scoreless innings in relief of emergency starter Scott Atchison. Daisuke Matsuzka was slated to start but came up with a sore right forearm during warmups and was immediately placed on the disabled list. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for Boston, his first appearance since last Sunday after spending most of the week on the bereavement list. 

 

For complete coverage, visit Closing Time at the Full Count blog. 




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