July 10, 2012

On Baseball: Even a .500 team has some hope

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jose Molina, Daniel Nava
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Daniel Nava, who is second on the Red Sox in on-base percentage, might not have a spot when injured outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford return.

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"I think when you've been up a certain amount of time," Nava said later, "and you've been able to help the team, whether it's myself or any other guy, you think, 'you know, I think I can play here."'

Still, Nava knows the math of a crowded outfield that could include Ellsbury, Crawford, Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ross and, possibly, utility player Brent Lillibridge.

"If it comes to that (having to leave Boston) -- which I hope it doesn't because I'd love to stay here -- I think I've shown some other teams that I could play," he said.


ALTHOUGH THE Yankees have a 91/2-game lead on the Red Sox, Boston Manager Bobby Valentine was not conceding anything.

"Anybody's catchable," he said. "They'll have to come back (to the pack) a little. When you consider 20 percent of our games are against them, we could have something to do with that."

Actually, its closer to 16 percent. And of Boston's 12 remaining games with the Yankees, nine will be in New York.


JACKIE BRADLEY JR. was playing in Trenton this past weekend, but his name was mentioned often at Fenway Park.

When I cover games at Fenway, I'm often approached about what prospects are playing well in Portland. But this weekend, I wasn't asked general questions. The buzz was all about Bradley. Is he is as good as his numbers?

The answer, of course, was yes. Bradley is on a fast track. Hadlock Field fans can only hope he stays the rest of the season.

And that season continues at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hadlock Field.


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