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06/13/2010 - 2:20pm
Martinez called both historic home runs

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...

06/13/2010 - 2:05pm
Tito: More tests to come on Matsuzaka

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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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.

 

For complete matchup information, click here.

 

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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