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Whenever Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers, it's an event. He's so good that in any given start, he could possibly throw a no-hitter. Fortunately for the Boston Red Sox, that wasn't the case on Wednesday night in their 6-3 win.
And it was the bat of Daniel Nava that was the big difference in that win.
Nava came up in the 4th inning with the bases loaded and Verlander throwing gas on the mound. He had worked the count to 3-1 and then swung and missed at a 99 MPH heater. Nava then made an adjustment and was able to connect on Verlander's 100 MPH fastball for a bases clearing double that would give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead at the time.
And yes, this is the same Nava who wasn't invited to big league camp in spring training and wasn't even on Bobby Valentine's radar. But since being called up, Nava is hitting .276 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. But more importantly, he's getting on base in almost 50% of his plate appearances (.429...
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Justin Verlander has looked like the best pitcher in baseball for a few years now. This season, the flame-throwing right-hander appears to be confusing hitters even more than usual. The confusion began on Opening Day when verlander threw eight scoreless innings in a 3-2 win against the Red Sox. The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winner has continued his dominance since, but Verlander...
Justin Verlander is a no-hit pitcher. But he's also a no-hit hitter. It's like he's pitching to himself almost. In his career during interleague play, Verlander is 0-for-20 with 13 strikeouts and his seven other outs weren't exactly results of bad luck.
But Verlander is trying to change that. It's no secret around Detroit that he desperately wants to get his first...
Daniel Nava was in just his second game atop the Red Sox lineup, and the career minor leaguer was forced to leadoff the game against the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winner. Justin Verlander made quick work of Nava the first time through the order, inducing the outfielder into a slow-rolling ground out to third base. But after working a walk his next time at the dish, Nava...
When you've had the kind of fringe Major League career that Daniel Nava has had thus far, it might be tempting to dwell on the sustained success he's had while the Red Sox' presumed starting outfielders work their way back from injury. With a .432 on base percentage through his first 20 games filling in for his bigger-name teammates, Nava probably deserves a chance to...
BOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz homered and hit two doubles, and the Boston Red Sox moved above .500 for the first time this season, tagging Justin Verlander for 10 hits in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Verlander (5-3) lost his second straight start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Pittsburgh on May 18. The reigning American League MVP and...
Daniel Nava (pictured) ripped a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the 4th inning, and Daniel Bard threw 5 reasonably strong innings as the Red Sox shaved the Detroit Tigers 6-3 at Fenway Park. Bard pitched one out into the 6th inning in recording his 5th win of the season. He allowed 2 runs on a pair of solo home runs by Jhonny Peralta and Prince Fielder. He struck out 4...
Another day, another lineup configuration. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been forced to move some parts around this season, and he made a major change again on Monday, planting Daniel Nava atop the Boston order. Nava has played well since his arrival to the big club this season, hitting .286, and more importantly, getting on base at an impressive .448 clip. Mike Aviles, who...
BOSTON -- Daniel Nava hit a three-run double, and the Boston Red Sox pounded Detroit ace Justin Verlander to move above .500 for the first time this season, beating the Tigers 6-3 Tuesday night. It was the 13th win in 18 games for the steadily climbing Red Sox (25-24), who remain last in the AL East but are just 3 1/2 games out of first place. Prince Fielder had a solo homer...
Ortiz and Youkilis celebrate after a 3-run double by Daniel Nava. The Boston Red Sox were able to rough up last season's American League Cy Young and MVP winner, Justin Verlander, last night in a 6-3 victory. Daniel Nava hit a bases clearing double in the fourth scoring Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and Scott Posednik that made the score 4-0. Daniel Bard pitched for Boston...
Injuries are everywhere in the sports landscape on Wednesday, but it seems that a couple of Boston teams have been hit especially hard. The Red Sox and Celtics are both soldiering on without a key member or two, but the Sox seem to have found an antidote to their Jacoby Ellsbury-less outfield in the form of Daniel Nava. Now, if only the Celtics could do the same and figure out how...
This week’s AL two-starters features the reigning Cy Young/MVP as well as Detroit’s other ace.
Here are the AL two-start pitchers and other favorable matchups for Week 9:
Justin Verlander: 5/29 @ BOS; 6/3 vs NYY – Verlander is a must-start in all leagues, even when facing these guys
Jered Weaver: 5/28 vs NYY; 6/3 vs TEX – had one bad start...
The Sox had another chance to finally get over 500, however they would have to go through Justin Verlander to do it. And they would have to do it without Dustin Pedroia who was out of the lineup. Daniel Bard took the mound for the Sox and with one of his best outings of the year, the Sox did just that. Verlander didn't have his best stuff and the Sox bats took advantage...
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Red Sox (24-24)
Pitching: Daniel Bard (4-5, 4.69)
Pitching: Justin Verlander (5-2, 2.15)
Red Sox Improve to 2 Games above .500!
May 31, 2012- Red Sox have won 3 straight against the Detroit Tigers to improve 26-24 on the young season. The Red Sox have had great contributions from Daniel Nava, David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks, and Kevin Youkilis. Daniel Nava has provided the Sox with quality lead-off at bats and is setting the table for the rest of the order. He also helped...
The Red Sox have had injury woes this season, it is no secret. They have six outfielders currently on the disabled list; Ryan Kalish, Carl Crawford, Jason Repko, Jacoby Ellsbury, Cody Ross and Darnell McDonald. Ryan Sweeney was on the seven day concussion DL until a few days ago. The Red Sox have had to [...]