Thursday March 25, 2010 | 07:13 PM

While fans love the early innings of spring training games - because that is when the major leaguers play - I also enjoy the end to see which minor leaguers get a chance to play.

Sea Dogs outfielder Danile Nava was one of a handful of players called over from the minor league complex Thursday. He subbed for  Jacoby Ellsbury in the seventh inning, and stood in the on-deck circle with two outs in the eighth. But Tug Hulett grounded out and Nava returned his bat to the dugout.

Boston did not bat in the bottom of the ninth.

"No problem," said Nava, as easy-going player as there is in camp.

Sea Dogs outfielder Jason Place did get to bat and flied out to right field.

The Red Sox won 6-4. Marco Scutaro's two-run triple in the sixth - on a ball misplayed in center - was the difference. Tim Wakefield pitched 5 scoreless innings and then tired in the sixth (allowing 3 runs on a double, home run, walk and a double).

Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up an RBI triple in the seventh.


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