The 30-year-old had a 76-RBI season between Pawtucket and Boston in 2010 but never has been seen as more than an extra guy. He has been more than that this year, on track for 20-plus home runs and 100-plus RBIs. As remarkable as Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester have been, the Red Sox's first half has been as much about Nava, Mike Carp and Mike Napoli as them.
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