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Nava: Passing fancy ... or fantasy gold?

Updated: June 14, 2010, 5:46 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I was watching the Phillies-Red Sox game Saturday afternoon from the luxury of my sofa when Joe Blanton, who is having an awful season, threw a first-pitch fastball -- and not all that fast -- right down the middle of the plate to a guy I had never heard of.

OK, that's not exactly true. I found out who Daniel Nava was a day earlier when I saw the Boston Red Sox called up this switch-hitting outfielder from Triple-A Pawtucket. Nava wasn't doing anything outstanding for the PawSox, but with two-thirds of the Boston outfield being an injured mess, and the other third being J.D. Drew, well, let's just say there's opportunity there. We must take everyone in the mix seriously.

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