Raul Ibanez belted a two-run homer and the Phillies got to Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield for five straight hits in a four-run fourth inning as the Phillies salvaged the finale of the three-game interleague series, 5-3, Sunday at Fenway Park.
Cole Hamels (6-5) allowed just five hits and one run over seven innings for the win. Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Sox in the loss, which snapped Boston's four-game winning streak against the Phillies. Boston had outscored Philadelphia, 35-7, in the previous four games. Adrian Beltre had a long homer to left field in the second inning to put Boston up, 1-0, before the Phillies got to Wakefield (2-5) two innings later.
Following Saturday's spectacular debut, Daniel Nava had two more hits, including a broken-bat RBI single in the ninth, and a double in four at-bats. His first three major league hits were for extra bases. He also made a strong throw to second in the...
After Daniel Nava hit a grand slam on the very first major league pitch he ever saw, there have now been four players in big league history to claim home runs with the bases loaded in their initial major league game — Bill Duggleby (1898), Jeremy Hermida (‘05) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (‘06). Of the group only Kouzmanoff and Nava hit their grand slams on the first big league offering they saw.
Well, Victor Martinez can top that.
The Red Sox catcher can claim to having not only been present for both of the historic first-pitch home runs, but he has also has proof that he predicted both would take place just prior to their completion.
Saturday, while sitting up in the Red Sox’ clubhouse during the second inning of what would be a 10-2 win over the Phillies, Martinez offered his prediction of Nava’s blast.
“He was standing right next to me when...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said disabled pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka reported to Fenway Park Sunday morning feeling better but the team is waiting on more tests on the right forearm of the righthander before determining a next course of action.
“He said he feels great, which is good," Francona said. "I’d rather him show up and have that. We certainly need to delve into it a little bit more but he actually feels pretty good. I think we’re cautiously optimistic about that but we’ll try to get more information.”
Matsuzaka was scratched before Saturday's scheduled start against Philadelphia after reporting tightness and soreness in his right forearm during his pre-game warmups.
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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.
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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Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
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Lou, Christian, and Tim do the show from Gillette Stadium and have a birds-eye view of the practice field. Browner vs. LaFell and Revis vs. Edelman were 2 of the match-ups that highlighted the day. MFB discusses some of the things to expect this season.
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We tackle four topics all sparked by the Red Sox worst to first to worst run in 2012-2014.
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Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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