Navarro notches first big league hit

August, 21, 2010
BOSTON -- If anything positive came out of the Boston Red Sox’s horrific 16-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night at Fenway Park was the fact a rookie notched his first big league hit.

Earlier Friday, the Red Sox called up infielder Yamaico Navarro from Triple-A Pawtucket after placing Dustin Pedroia back on the disabled list. With the game completely out of reach, Boston manager Terry Francona decided to insert Navarro as a pinch-hitter for Marco Scutaro in the bottom of the fifth inning. Navarro lined a shot to left field off Blue Jays’ starter Brett Cecil for his first hit.

“Certainly it would have been better under different circumstances, but you still try not to lose sight of the fact the kid’s playing his first major league game,” said Francona. “I’m sure he had a lot of butterflies. I thought he swung the bat pretty well.”

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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