Grand debut for Neva in Boston's rout
Daniel Nava hit the first pitch he faced in the big leagues for a grand slam — only the second player to do it — leading the Boston Red Sox to their second straight rout of the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 10-2 on Saturday.
Nava connected on a fastball from Joe Blanton in the second inning and shortly after being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Kevin Kouzmanoff connected on the first pitch he saw Sept. 2, 2006, for Cleveland against Texas, according to STATS LLC.
The 27-year-old Nava tried to approach his first plate appearance like another other one.
“I wanted to treat it like I normally do,” he said. “I just said, ‘How are you guys doing (to umpire Bill Hohn and catcher Brian Schneider)?’ They didn’t say anything.”
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Tigers 4, Pirates 3, 10 inn.: Carlos Guillen hit a homer in the 10th and host Detroit beat Pittsburgh.
Rangers 4, Brewers 3: Scott Feldman’s six scoreless innings lifted Texas at Milwaukee.
Mets 3, Orioles 1: Hisanori Takahashi allowed one run in seven innings and New York won at Baltimore.
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White Sox 2, Cubs 1: Mark Buehrle pitched scoreless ball into the seventh and the visiting White Sox edged the Cubs in a battle of Chicago teams.
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Reds 11, Royals 5: Jonny Gomes hit two three-run homers, leading Cincinnati past visiting Kansas City.
Indians 7, Nationals 1: Carlos Santana homered and drove in three runs, leading Cleveland past visiting Washington.
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