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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....

06/12/2010 - 4:29pm
Fluke goal propels USA to draw with England

Clint Dempsey's fluke goal in the first half gave the United States a draw with England in their first World Cup match in South Africa. English goalkeeper Robert Green mishandled Dempsey's long shot to even the score after Steven Gerrard had given England a quick lead minutes into the match. United States goalie Tim Howard had a very strong game in net thwarting numerous attempts by England in the second half. The United States will now face Slovenia on Friday, June 18th. Click here for the complete match recap. Visit the LEEINKS blog for coverage throughout the World Cup.


06/12/2010 - 4:17pm
Daisuke on D.L., Atchison gets start

Just minutes before the Red Sox game with the Phillies Saturday afternoon it was announced by the team that Daisuke Matsuzaka had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Scott Atchison got the emergency start for the Red Sox, who also recalled lefty pitcher Dustin Richardson. It is Atchison's first start in the major leagues. Matsuzaka was in the Red Sox bullpen prior to the game, seemingly warming up for the start. The hurler did have to postpone his side session Wednesday after throwing up during his long toss, pushing his session to Thursday. It is the second time this season Matsuzaka has been on the disabled list, where he began the season with back and neck issues. Check the Red Sox team page for more information.


06/12/2010 - 2:39pm
Lineups: Youkilis back, Nava debuts

Unlikely Red Sox minor league success story Daniel Nava, called up on Saturday, will make his major league debut against the Phillies and pitcher Joe Blanton. The switch-hitter will be batting ninth and playing left field.

 

Also in the lineup are Kevin Youkilis, who is back after missing Friday's game while recovering from back spasms, and Jason Varitek, who will be behind the plate for starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 3

Drew, 9

Beltre, 5

Varitek, 2

McDonald, 8

Nava, 7

 

SP -- Matsuzaka

 



06/12/2010 - 2:25pm
Ray Allen excused for 'family issue'

Ray Allen was excused from the media session and the start of Celtics practice on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden to tend to a 'family issue', according to the team. Allen did participate in practice and is expected to be dressed, ready and start for Game 5 Sunday night at the Garden as the Celtics take on the Lakers in the NBA finals and the series tied, 2-2. 

 

Allen, who flew cross-country to be with his diabetic son Walker during the 2008 NBA finals, did report to the Garden but was not required to work out with the team in preparation for Sunday's game. 

 

For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


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