Nava's bat contributes to Red Sox win

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Nava's bat contributes to Red Sox win

BOSTON -- Daniel Nava has hit leadoff five times this season. Each time, the Red Sox have won.
Nava can't take all the credit, of course. But it can be said that Nava has been a contributing factor.
In Thursday's 7-0 shutout of the Baltimore Orioles, Nava had five plate appearances and reached base four times with a single, double and two walks.
Then again, this month, it hasn't hasn't mattered where Nava has hit in the order -- he's reached base in 17 of his 30 plate appearances since June 1. During that span he's hit .400 (8-for-20) with four doubles and four walks.
"It feels good to get on base for the guys hitting behind me,'' said Nava. "They can obviously do some damage, and so if that's my job to get on base at the top of the lineup, I'm happy to do it. If it's hit in the No. 9 hole, so be it.
"Tonight, we had (Adrian Gonzalez) getting three hits and (Kevin Youkilis) got a couple, so I think it helps the rest of the lineup just to see more pitches.''
Whether he's hitting first, ninth or somewhere in-between, Nava tries to keep the same basic approach at the plate -- with one exception.
"Starting the game off is a little different,'' he allowed. "But I think that's the only time -- the first time through -- is maybe when I'll see more pitches. But after that, it's the same approach for every other at-bat.''
For the season, Nava has a .445 on-base percentage and has essentially become the regular left fielder -- at least against righthanders. On Thursday, the switch-hitting outfielder got a chance to be in the lineup against the lefthanded Brian Matusz and made the most of the opportunity.

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.