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With one out in the eighth inning, first base coach Arnie Beyeler relayed a simple message to Daniel Nava: Don’t think about going anywhere.
Nava understood. The Red Sox trailed by two. Dustin Pedroia was up and David Ortiz loomed on deck.
But when Pedroia fouled the ball high behind the plate, Nava’s instincts kicked in.
“I just stopped thinking,” the 30-year-old outfielder said.
Nava tagged up and darted toward second. He was thrown out by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart for an inning-ending double play.
“I wasn’t on top of what I should’ve been on top of,” Nava said. “It’s those little things.”