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Red Sox lineup: No shakeup as Daniel Nava starts in right field vs. Rangers 05.19.15 at 3:16 pm ET
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Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

After scoring seven runs in four games against the Mariners over the weekend, some thought the Red Sox‘ batting order would get a shakeup, but that is not the case.

It is a standard lineup as the Red Sox host the Rangers in the first of a three-game series.

Daniel Nava gets the start in right field against Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo. After getting a day off Sunday, and the team day off Monday, David Ortiz returns to the lineup Tuesday.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Wade Miley.

For a complete look at the matchups, click here. For a series preview, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Daniel Nava, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Blake Swihart, C
Wade Miley, LHP

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Closing Time: Led by Wade Miley, Red Sox squeak past Athletics, 2-0 05.13.15 at 6:12 pm ET
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Wade Miley threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Red Sox' 2-0 win over the A's. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Wade Miley threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Red Sox‘ 2-0 win over the A’s. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Things didn’t look good at the start for Red Sox starter Wade Miley — walking the first two batters of the game on nine pitches.

But, the Athletics didn’t score in the inning, setting up the theme of the game for Miley — getting into trouble, but being able to get out of it.

Led by Miley, the Red Sox were able to outlast Sonny Gray and the A’s, taking the rubber game of the series, 2-0.

Miley went 6 2/3 innings without allowing a run on five hits, while walking four and striking out one. The left-hander picked up his first win since April 21, after he came into the game a loser in his last three starts. Although the A’s threatened in many innings, Miley was able to escape damage with the A’s going 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

“Three starts ago I really felt like I was getting a better feel for where I wanted to be with my mechanics and I was trying to build off that,” Miley said. “[Wednesday] was one of those days, just a grind. They were hitting some pitches, finding some holes, getting on base. The first inning I didn’€™t really help, walking the first two guys, but after – I definitely am going in the right direction.”

“I think you look at the last three, there’€™s been more consistency, there’€™s been, I thought, better stuff in the bottom of the strike zone,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “Even the game in Toronto in which he came away with a loss, I thought he pitched better than the line. Today that showed up to be the case.”

Gray picked up a tough loss as he went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits, while striking out nine. The A’s ace retired last 13 batters he faced. It was his first loss of the season, as he entered the game 4-0.

The Red Sox scored their first run of the game in the second inning. Hanley Ramirez led the inning off with a single and after two strikeouts, Ramirez advanced to second on a wild pitch and was driven in on a two-out single by Daniel Nava.

The visitors were able to add an insurance run in the eighth inning when Nava scored on an error with two outs by shortstop Marcus Semien, as his throw on a ground ball in the hole air-mailed first base. It was ruled a single with Nava scoring on the error.

It was the Red Sox’ first series win since April 29 at home against the Blue Jays. Overall they are 2-6 in their last eight series’ after starting the year 3-0-1.

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Who wants to step up and play right field for the Red Sox? 05.04.15 at 5:31 pm ET
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The Red Sox are searching for someone to step up and claim the starting right field job.

Through the first 25 games the team has had four different players appear at the position — Shane Victorino (12 games), Daniel Nava (9), Allen Craig (5) and Brock Holt (4). Unfortunately for the team, none of the four have done much with their opportunity.

The right field position has combined to hit .128/.240/.174, which is good for the worst average and slugging percentage, as well as the second to worst on-base percentage in all of baseball.

Victorino was getting the majority of the starts, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 25 with a right hamstring strain. Even with his absence, the team still has capable players of performing.

“We feel like it was going to be matchups,” manager John Farrell said of how the team was looking to replace Victorino. “We’€™re still looking for ways to keep Allen Craig in the mix, try to get him going. The guys that we’€™re rotating through there, there’€™s some track records to each. You run with a guy for a while, let them have it, see what they’€™re going to produce. And then, at the same time, trying to keep everyone in the mix as best possible.

“That has been a position where it’€™s certainly open for someone to jump up and take it.”

Victorino will likely rehab with Portland on Friday and Saturday, with the possibility of Sunday as well. He’s eligible to return Friday, but with the team playing on the new turf in Toronto, that was never really an option. All things point to him returning in Oakland a week from Monday.

“It’€™s been a little bit more volatile in terms of who’€™s played there than we anticipated going into the start of the season or would otherwise like,” Farrell said of the right field position. “But trying to get some left-handed production, particularly against right-handed starters. That’€™s where we are.”

Victorino was hitting just .143 before going on the disabled list. Craig has just five hits in 37 at-bats this season (.135) and is striking out in almost 25 percent of his at-bats. Holt got off to a hot start to the year, but has cooled off as he’s 0 for his last 5 and 1-for-14 on the homestand.

With how powerful the Red Sox‘ offense is, having a position batting .128 isn’t going to last long, so despite the number of players vying for the position, it’s out there for the taking.

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Red Sox lineup: Blake Swihart makes 2nd straight start, Daniel Nava in RF in series finale vs. Yankees 05.03.15 at 4:17 pm ET
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Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

After making his major league debut Saturday, Blake Swihart is back behind the plate again Sunday night against the Yankees. The Red Sox will be looking to avoid a three-game sweep.

Daniel Nava will start for the first time this weekend in right field against Yankees right-hander Adam Warren, who is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA.

Otherwise it’s a standard lineup for the Red Sox, who will send Joe Kelly to the mound.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

1. Mookie Betts, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Daniel Nava, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Blake Swihart, C
Joe Kelly, RHP

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Shane Victorino scratched with sore ribs, Daniel Nava starts in RF 04.18.15 at 3:24 pm ET
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Looks like Shane Victorino did pay a price for going after that fly ball in right field Friday night.

Victorino was scratched an hour before Saturday’s game with sore ribs. He was replaced in right field by Daniel Nava, batting seventh.

The Victorino situation appeared encouraging at the start of the day when the outfielder was in the starting lineup, one day after he had one of his trademark collisions with the short wall at the Pesky Corner in right. Victorino made a futile attempt to catch Caleb Joseph’s solo homer in the fifth inning Friday night.

He was shaken up and on the warning track for nearly a minute before getting back to his feet. He stayed in the game and was penciled in the lineup for Saturday before the late scratch.

(Update: Here is what Red Sox manager John Farrell said regarding Victorino after the Red Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Orioles – “When he hit the wall, he made a great effort to try to bring back a home run. The left rib area was sore here today. He was no go. We’€™ll check him in the morning on his availability.”

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the adjusted lineup for the Red Sox:

1. Brock Holt, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Daniel Nava, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Ryan Hanigan, C
Clay Buchholz, RHP

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Daniel Nava still flirting with idea of not switch-hitting 02.28.15 at 4:28 pm ET
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Daniel Nava continues to work on hitting from the left side of theplate against lefty pitchers. (Rob Bradford/WEEI.com photo)

Daniel Nava continues to work on hitting from the left side of theplate against lefty pitchers. (Rob Bradford/WEEI.com photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Thursday, the Red Sox let Daniel Nava hit left-handed against southpaw reliever Dana Eveland. Saturday, he was in a group that went against another lefty, Tommy Layne.

It’s all part of the process. Where it ends up, Nava has no idea. But he figures this is a good a time as any to at least take a few steps down the path toward hitting exclusively from the left side.

“We’re just seeing if lefty-lefty can be a viable option,” said the switch-hitting outfielder. “There’s only one way to find out, give it a shot.

“Obviously, it’s an adjustment because I’ve never done lefty-lefty and something you’ve never done before is going to be an adjustment period but I’d like to think I can do it based on my approach and not trying to pull the ball, remains to be seen.”

Nava explained in the offseason he had been considering the move for some time, with his splits slanting dramatically in the favor of his work as a lefty hitter. Last year, for example, he hit .293 as a left-handed batter, compared to .159 from the right side.

Red Sox manager John Farrell and Nava said after their team’s Saturday workout that the organization had started conversations with the outfielder about a possible alteration at the end of the 2014 season.

“€œI think it was because last year I struggled from the right side,” Nava explained. “The year before it was all right but last year was a tough year so we thought it was worth a shot.”

He does insist, however, that just because you’ll be seeing him hit left-handed against lefty pitching in spring training (a practice he hasn’t experienced since Little League), that doesn’t mean Nava has dug in on not switch-hitting.

He still has to figure out if this is exactly the best road to go down.

“Just arm angle, way ball comes out, and the way ball moves,” he said regarding the differences he’s noticing when hitting lefty-on-lefty. “Those are things once I get out there — I’ve talked to a lot of guys. I’ve talked to [former major league switch-hitter who changed to just one side of the plate] J.T. Snow as well, as you know he did it. He gave me what he did, as somebody who has walked that road. I’ll try to see what they did and hope that it works.”

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John Farrell is pretty excited about Brock Holt and Daniel Nava on his bench 02.23.15 at 5:46 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Brock Holt and Daniel Nava are the ying and yang of the Red Sox bench. And manager John Farrell acknowledges how well the 2015 Red Sox come together could hinge, in part, on how these two super subs perform.

Daniel Nava hit .300 for the final four months of 2014 while Brock Holt was the only American Leaguer to start at seven different positions over the course of the 162-game season. Holt missed the final 21 games with a concussion but still managed to hit .281 with a .331 OBP and four home runs.

“We’re never restricted by late-inning moves because we’ve got the versatility with those two guys,” Farrell said Monday. “They’re talented players that you can build in some off-days for other guys and rotate them through and seemingly not skip a beat. It goes back to the depth of our roster and the talent that’s there.

“The key is with David being a full-time DH, Brock’s versatility really allows [for substitution options]. Where many teams might use the DH spot to rotate guys through and get them off their legs on a given day, Brock is that built-in player to do that with David in the DH spot. We didn’t know this going into last year but the fact he started games at seven different positions, he put himself in a unique category around the league.”

Holt became Boston’s most productive utility player — and baseball’s most versatile — as Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino all battled through injuries.

“He’s a good baseball player,” Farrell said. “He’s shown an improved arm strength as we put him over at shortstop the last couple of years, an above-average runner and clearly what we saw in the outfield were good reads and routes when playing all three positions.

“Maybe one of the better stories of the otherwise overall frustrating year was his versatility and how he improved as a player.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Morning Fort: Mike Napoli feels like a new man, Daniel Nava promises not to press as much and Christian Vazquez takes over at 10:38 am ET
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Mike Napoli is looking to return to form in 2015. (Getty Images)

Mike Napoli is looking to return to form in 2015. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox haven’t even had their first full squad workout but already Mike Napoli feels like a new man.

The slugger who had offseason surgery to address severe sleep apnea can feel an increase in energy and motivation when he heads to the ballpark.

“It’s been night and day,” Napoli said Monday morning. “Just my energy level when I wake up, I get out of bed and get my day started. Before I’d lay in bed until one o’clock. It’s totally different.”

Napoli looks trimmer than the beginning of last season, when he was still dealing with severe sleep deprivation that was sapping him of energy, making it difficult to deal with and overcome the nagging injuries of the last three seasons.

“You just have to be able to stay in the gym and get your workouts in and take care of your body,” he said. “It’s nutrition, working out and getting sleep. Now I can get sleep, which is probably going to help me out a lot. Just recovery, you get nicked up during a long season, you have to be able to recover and hopefully, I’ll be able to do that now.”

On Dec. 3, 2012, Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox, pending a physical. Following a six-week period, the status of the deal was in question after his physical showed signs of a hip issue. He eventually agreed to play 2013 for $13 million.

He re-signed for two years and $32 million after helping the Red Sox to the World Series title. Last year, his numbers dipped. He batted just .248 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs in 119 games. But with his finger, knee, toe and back injuries resolved and his sleep apnea hopefully in the past, Napoli has a lot to look forward to with a rebuilt Red Sox order. He’ll have Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and David Ortiz ahead of him in the lineup.

“It’s been great. We’re going to have a deep lineup,” Napoli said. “It’s going to be fun. Those guys have been around here for a couple of weeks now. We’ve all been getting along and having a good time. Just getting out there and working on our game.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox pregame notes: Making sense of Yoenis Cespedes; Daniel Nava navigating back to himself 08.19.14 at 6:35 pm ET
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Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

When it comes to evaluating players during these last couple months of the season, the Red Sox aren’€™t just concerned with taking stock of rookie performances. It’€™s been a chance to see how newly acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes fits into the lineup as well.

Cespedes’€™ approach at the plate is a little different than the two players he’€™s sandwiched between in the lineup, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. While Napoli and Ortiz are accustomed to drawing a lot of walks (Napoli has walked at a 16 percent rate this season), Cespedes embodies a much more aggressive approach and doesn’€™t work many free passes (less than six percent of plate appearances this season).

“With it will come some quick outs, but at the same time the ability to impact the baseball is a result of the aggressiveness as well,” Farrell said of Cespedes’€™ plate approach, which has yielded a .251 average, .294 OBP and .456 slugging mark on the season, including a .219/.231/.406 line with one walk and 11 strikeouts with the Red Sox. “€œHe hasn’€™t become more aggressive since coming over here. This is the player we were well aware of and pursued heavily. We’€™re fully accepting of the style of player he is.”

Batting in between Ortiz and Napoli, Cespedes provides some contrast in the lineup. Farrell says that the outfielder may be shifted in the order to find what combination works best.

“€œHe’€™s been accustomed to hitting in the four hole. [We’re trying] to transition him in here with as much comfort as possible. That doesn’€™t mean that going forward there won’€™t be an alignment that flips him and Napoli,” Farrell said. “I’€™m not saying that’€™s going to be tomorrow, but we’€™ll take a look at every combination that’€™s available to us.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox-Angels series preview 08.18.14 at 12:37 pm ET
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The Red Sox‘€™ 11-game homestand continues Monday as they host the Angels for a four-game series at Fenway Park.

Boston is coming off of a disappointing four-game split with the Astros, who managed to cross the plate 15 times over the final two games.

The Red Sox lost in disappointing fashion Sunday, as Joe Kelly gave up seven earned runs in his Fenway debut en route to an 8-1 Astros win.

“Plenty of stuff. Plenty of power. Plenty of action to his secondary pitches,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell when speaking about Kelly. “Just his command was not as its been in the first two outings for him.”

In their last meeting with the Angels, the Red Sox took two of three games in Anaheim from Aug. 8-10.

A four-game set at Fenway comes at a crucial time for Mike Scioscia‘€™s Angels, as the club enters Monday’€™s game percentage points ahead of Oakland for first place in the American League West.

Los Angeles is coming off of a series win against the Rangers that almost ended in an Angels sweep. However, Texas scored two runs off closer Huston Street in the ninth inning Sunday for a 3-2 walkoff win.

“It’s always a strange feeling when you don’t get your job done,” Street said after the game. “It’s not really strange so much as it is frustrating, but it happens. It’s the game; that’s why we play them. I didn’t make very good pitches out there. That’s the bottom line.”

The Angels have had the upper hand against Boston over the last few seasons, winning six of their last eight games at Fenway Park and 12 of their last 17 games overall against the Red Sox.

Here are the probable pitchers for the four-game series.

Monday: Brandon Workman (1-6, 4.45 ERA) vs. C.J. Wilson (9-8, 4.71 ERA)
Tuesday: Allen Webster (3-1, 4.79 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (14-7, 3.66 ERA)
Wednesday: Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.79 ERA) vs. Garrett Richards (13-4, 2.53 ERA)
Thursday: Rubby De La Rosa (4-4, 3.79 ERA) vs. Matt Shoemaker (11-4, 3.84 ERA)

WHO’€™S HOT: RED SOX

Daniel Nava was the lone source of offense for the Red Sox Sunday, driving in the team’€™s only run of the game thanks to an RBI double in the third inning. The 31-year-old outfielder is hitting at a blistering .500 (9-for-18) clip over his last five games with five doubles and four RBIs. Since being recalled from Pawtucket on June 2, Nava ranks fourth in the American League in on-base percentage (.399) while compiling a .331 batting average.

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