Daniel Nava's primary claim to fame is becoming just the second person (after Kevin Kouzmanoff) in Major League Baseball history to hit a grand slam on the first pitch of his big league career. The moment occurred June 12, 2010 when Nava took Joe Blanton deep at Fenway Park in an eventual 10-2 Boston victory over Philadelphia. Now, the 30-year-old outfielder has another play to be proud of.
With the Sox up 6-1 on the Astros in the top of the ninth with a runner on and two out, Houston center fielder Robbie Grossman skied one to deep right that appeared to be headed for extra bases. But Nava, battling sun and wind, made a diving catch to end the game. The victory completed a four-game sweep for Boston as John Lackey picked up his first win since August 23, 2011 after missing the 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Moving to the NBA playoffs, Dwight Howard was ejected early in the third quarter of Game 4 between the Spurs and Lakers. An injured Kobe Bryant made an appearance on the L.A. bench moments later as San Antonio completed its first-round sweep of Mike D'Antoni's team 103-82.
And Greg Norman blasted the PGA Tour drug-testing policy. The Shark told The Australian newspaper that golf's anti-doping procedures are "disgraceful."
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