Daniel Nava Makes John Farrell Look Brilliant With Game-Winning Home Run

April 8, 2013 9:43 PM
Daniel Nava Makes John Farrell Look Brilliant With Game-Winning Home Run
" BOSTON (CBS) — Monday afternoon’s Red Sox home opener provided the usual amount of excitement that comes every year when the Sox play their first game of the year at Fenway Park. And there was a bit of an additional level of anticipation this year, as fans were excited to catch their first glimpse of the most-hyped young prospect in many years, Jackie Bradley Jr.

It was a disappointment for many, then, when John Farrell drew up a lineup that did not include Bradley, but instead had Daniel Nava starting in left field and being sixth.

It took a while, but Nava made Farrell look like a genius. And just as important, he made the home crowd happy.

Locked in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox finally appeared poised to break through offensively against starter Wei-Yin Chen. Dustin Pedroia legged out an infield hit behind second base before Mike Napoli launched a deep fly ball to the 379 marker in left-center field. Up stepped Will Middlebrooks, the man who hit three home runs one day earlier in Toronto, but he struck out swinging after a long battle with Chen "

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