Nava and Andrews, sittin' in a tree … ?

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daniel nava running.jpgLast night D.J. Short introduced us to sudden Red Sox cult hero Daniel Nava, who launched a grand slam Saturday afternoon on the first pitch of his first ever major league at-bat.  The story gets better.  Well, sorta.

Nava has had a crush on ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews for years, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, and has comically been leaving a ticket for her at will call for the last three seasons down in Triple-A Pawtucket.  It seems she knows at least a little about the guy, because she tweeted this to Boston-based WEEI.com on Saturday  night, just a few hours after he hit the homer:

Pass along my best to Daniel!! Congrats on a big day that will go down in Sox history! Hope to meet him soon!”

I suppose this plot was a little predictable.  After all, the superhero always gets the girl.  Nava was called up before Saturday’s game to provide depth in a Boston outfield that has been riddled with injuries.  He’s now 2-for-4 with four RBI as a major leaguer with a 1.500 career slugging percentage and an OPS of 2000.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.