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06/13/2010 - 12:35pm
Sox spent $1 to acquire Nava

A few years before Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava entered folk hero status by blasting the first big league pitch he saw for a grand slam, he toiled in obscurity in the independent Golden Baseball League. He was so obscure, in fact, that the Sox were able to acquire the rights to the outfielder after the 2007 season for just $1. For more on that story, click here.


06/13/2010 - 10:22am
Lowell back at first with Youkilis out

For the second time in three days, Mike Lowell will get the start at first base for the Red Sox on Sunday against the Phillies. Kevin Youkilis will sit for the second time in as many games, perhaps due to a recurrence of the back spasms that first forced him out of the game against the Indians on Thursday.

 

Lowell will bat sixth, while Adrian Beltre will bat cleanup against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. Switch-hitter Daniel Nava, after hitting a grand slam on the first pitch of his big league career, will be back in the lineup and playing left field.

 

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RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Martinez, 2

Beltre, 5

Ortiz, DH

Lowell, 3

Drew, 9

McDonald, 8

Nava...

06/12/2010 - 8:48pm
Matsuzaka on his injury: No big deal

Despite being placed immediately on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm soreness, Daisuke Matsuzaka said after Saturday's game that he is not overly concerned about the injury that forced him to be scratched from Saturday's start against Philadelphia at Fenway Park. Matsuzaka said he did experience this before in his career but can't remember the last time it bothered him to the point where he had to miss a start. 

 

"I can't even remember when the last time was so I think that just goes to tell you I don't think this is a really big problem at all," Matsuzaka said.  

 

Matsuzaka said he did not feel any cramping or tightness while stretching and playing catch prior to heading out to his bullpen session prior to the game. He said he informed pitching coach John Farrell of the issue and the decision was made to shut him down.

 

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06/12/2010 - 7:30pm
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...

06/12/2010 - 4:55pm
Nava hits first big league pitch for grand slam

Daniel Nava, who was making his major league debut Saturday, staring in left field for the Red Sox, hit the first pitch he saw as a big league player for a grand slam. The homer, which cleared the right field wall, gave the Red Sox a 5-2 lead against Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton. Nava becomes the second player to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with the Red Sox, following Rip Repulski, whose pinch-hit grand slam came on May 10, 1960. Nava becomes the fourth player in major league history to hit a grand slam in his first big league at-bat, joining Bill Duggleby, Jeremy Hermida, and Kevin Kouzmanoff (who also hit his on the first pitch).

 

Nava's previous home run against a major league pitcher came in an intra-squad spring training game against Sox pitcher John Lackey, whom Nava had a history with prior to the at-bat....

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