Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 6/2/12

The Boston Red Sox are in last place. Although that’s not really accurate as they have a winning record; and the AL East is all bunched up. However it’s still technically true. But it won’t take long before the BoSox make their surge, and one of the guys to get them headed north comes from an unlikely source.

Daniel Nava and Raul Valdes are continuing to be among the best newsmakers from the Independent ranks in the major leagues.

      Nava (Chico, CA, Golden League) has played every one of the 20 games in leftfield for injury-depleted Boston since his early May elevation from Triple-A.  “He has played so well,” Manager Bobby Valentine told NESN.com.  “He’s got the best on-base percentage on the team during this short period (.432)”, said Valentine, who put the switch-hitter at the top of the Red Sox batting order this week.   “I was reluctant to do it earlier.  I wanted him to get his feet wet at the major league level.”  Nava was to take a .279 average (two homers, 15 RBI, solid defense) into what the Bosox hope will be a four-game sweep after Thursday night’s game against Detroit.

 

      Valdes (New Jersey Jackals and Nashua, NH, Can-Am League) had not given up any runs until touched up for a three-run ninth inning in an easy Philadelphia win Wednesday night.  It was his eighth major league outing this season.  The 34-year-old southpaw still has a 3.00 ERA and two wins while striking out 11 hitters and only walking one in his nine innings of work.  The superb control has to be sweet music for Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel.

        (This is an excerpt from the column Bob Wirz writes year round on Independent Baseball.  Fans may subscribe for 2012 at reduced rates at www.WirzandAssociates.com, enjoy his blogs, www.AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com and www.IndyBaseballChatter.com, or comment to RWirz@aol.com.  The author has 16 years of major league baseball public relations experience with Kansas City and as spokesman for two Commissioners and lives in Stratford, CT.)

 

 

 

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