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Nava has learned to play the Green Monster, but right field at Fenway is an entirely different challenge. In fact, the Red Sox signed Victorino because they wanted a right fielder who possessed both the range and arm of a classic center fielder.
But Nava’s development into a better defensive player has allowed Farrell to breathe easy while Victorino has been sidelined.
“It speaks a lot about what he’s done personally and the work he’s put in,” Farrell said. “I don’t even think twice about putting his name in the lineup. He’s a very good player.”
Herald | Daniel Nava no longer a liability
Nava has been tremendous this year. Now, granted, he started strong last year as well. In 2012, he registered a .900 OPS in May and an .892 in June before tapering off significantly.
This year he's been even better -- .310/.407/.535 -- but there's a kicker: He's suddenly a really good outfielder.
Pedigree or no, the 30-year old Daniel Nava is officially a good big-league player. He deserves to play somewhere. It will be interesting to see how the Sox handle him as the year progresses. When everyone's healthy, he'll presumably split time with Jonny Gomes (and probably be a defensive replacement now that he's proven he can do it).
But there's also Mike Carp, who is crushing the ball. And don't forget lord and savior Jackie Bradley Jr., who presumably will be back up with the Sox at some point this year (barring a setback).
Then again, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Who knows how the year will progress, not to mention whether Nava will keep it up. But right now, he's a legitimate player.
On page 2, the Daniel Bard experiment is over (for the time being).
Hanrahan threw a scoreless inning for Triple A Pawtucket Sunday, allowing a walk but consistently hitting 96 miles per hour with his fastball.
Hanrahan walked the first batter he faced then retired the side.
“Physically, I felt good,” Hanrahan told the Providence Journal. “Obviously, it didn’t start off right with the leadoff walk. I was a little jumpy, a little excited. I was able to step back, get things going. Overall, I felt good. That’s the main thing.”
Globe | Daniel Bard demoted by Red Sox; Joel Hanrahan to return
After a very rocky outing in which he walked two batters on nine pitches, Bard was sent back to Portland. He is still, obviously, a work in progress.
It's good to see Joel Hanrahan is straightened around -- at least physically. And some of us weren't really believing he had any physical problems to begin with. The real test will be when he gets in a tough spot in the big leagues. Will he still be throwing 57-foot sliders, or will he pull it together?
Herald | John Lackey's a good fit | Sox show strength in sweep of Astros | ESPNBoston | Lackey better than expected in return | John Lackey wins in return from DL as Red Sox sweep Astros | Pregame notes: Victorino still out | Hanrahan expected to replace Bard | Globe | Encouraging signs from Red Sox starter John Lackey in win over Astros | Red Sox don't let up, claim fifth straight win | CSNNE | Lackey's first win since 2011 more than Sox expected | Lackey earns first win as Sox beat Astros, 6-1 | David Ortiz and wife filing for divorce
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Sunday the Red Sox send Daniel Bard to Double A Portland, making room for Joel Hanrahan to return from the disabled list.
It was a short stint for Daniel Bard and he only provided one inning of relief, giving up both a hit and a run. He was not really ready for the Majors as he had only eight appearances in Portland so far, but he was healthy and that was enough.
Last week Tuesday, Alfredo Aceves gave up a horrendous 8 runs in 3 1/3 innings which pretty much sealed the deal with regards to his getting sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket.
This does not seem to be the end of Alfredo Aceves as far as the Red Sox are concerned, but it seems the thoughts are churning as to what to do with the right-hander. If there is something the Red Sox have...
No player on the Red Sox has had as tumultuous a time with the team than John Lackey. He posted a 14-11 record in his first year in Boston in 2010, with a 4.40 ERA -- although his 3.85 FIP suggests he was the victim of bad luck. That bad luck was no excuse for his terrible 2011; his 6.41 ERA was by far the worst for a Red Sox starter with at least 150 innings. It now appears that...
Jonny Gomes may not be the Red Sox’ best batter as of now, but over the past two nights he has shown that he deserves to get some time on the field.
Last night, Gomes caught a line drive over his head with one out and two runners on, preventing the Houston Astros from scoring again in the inning. This came after another stellar play the night before. Friday night Gomes made a...
Shane Victorino: Victorino, who has missed the last three games, had an MRI on his sore back which revealed only inflammation. Boston.com reports he could be placed on the DL if he does not show improvement over the next few days. It's no coincidence Jackie Bradley Jr has been getting some playing time in RF at Pawtucket.
Joel Hanrahan: Hanrahan seems to be recovered from his...
I love the uniforms that were worn as part of the Boston Marathon memorial game.
I guess I have a thing for all things nostalgic and this is a big part of every Boston RedSox fan too. The park is Fenway and you can't get that feeling of stepping back in time as you enter a game anywhere else.
The history of the team is amazing everywhere you look and this is part of every...
David Ortiz has even run out of ways to talk about his red-hot return.
Ortiz had two hits and three RBIs to extend his torrid start after a long layoff, and Felix Doubront overcame a wild first inning to pitch into the seventh as the Boston Red Sox beat the struggling Houston Astros 8-4 on Saturday night.
''I ain't talking about that anymore,'' said Ortiz, joking...
Late April trade talk are you serious?! Yes I am, everyone loves talking trades no matter if its week one of the season or day one after the trade deadline is up. Talking trades is like putting together your own fantasy baseball team. Anything is possible and nothing is too outrageous, but for the sake of not getting too crazy we'll keep this discussion to potential needs of...
David Ortiz knocked in three runs and Jacoby Ellsbury had two RBIs to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 8-4 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night at historic Fenway Park. It's the fourth straight win for the local nine and third over the Astros.
The 1995 season is a dividing line of sorts when evaluating recent baseball history. It is the year immediately after the disastrous strike that cost baseball the 1994 races and World Series. It was also the first season of the current three divisional format.
Since that time the Red Sox have won the AL East exactly twice: the World Series championship season of 2007, and the aforementioned...
After going 7-3 on their last homestand and enjoying a day off on Monday, the Boston Red Sox hit the road for their next six games. They'll kick if off tonight with the first game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I predict the Red Sox will win 7-4 (Red Sox -122).
First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. If you...
After a long home stand the Boston Red Sox have a day of travel before they play 6 straight days on the road. The team performed excellently this past week winning 6 of their 7 games they played, including a sweep of the Houston Astros. This week will be slightly more difficult, going north of the border to Toronto and then traveling to Texas to face the Rangers.
Game 25: Red Sox win 6-1
The Red Sox completed the four game sweep of Houston on Sunday afternoon, tying the club record for most wins in April. John Lackey, just off of the disabled list, looked messy in the first, but he settled down to pitch six strong innings to pick up his first win of the season. The Red Sox gathered more than ten hits for the forth straight game, and improved...
These wins are the type of wins that are like money in the bank; when it comes to September and it is tight, an extra one of these will pay dividends.
The Red Sox, who already won the series after collecting three victories of four runs or more, did not let the Astros out of their grasp.
Here are the four bases:
First Base: When John Lackey walked two of the first three batters he...
Not surprisingly, the Red Sox and Bruins attracted large television audiences in Boston last weekend. In other news, Alabama trounced Notre Dame — again — last weekend, and ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” had a steep [...]