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Another member of the brotherhood left the family just before game time on Wednesday. Daniel Nava, an outfielder on the Boston Red Sox’ 2013 championship team, was claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay. The Red Sox cut him last week, when he was hitting .152.
So it goes for the Red Sox, whose latest title seems more and more like a fluke with each succeeding last-place finish. Only six players from the World Series roster remain active for the Red Sox, with three others on the disabled list and the rest scattered in and out of the game.
“I talk to my friends about it; I talk to everyone about it — I don’t ever think that could be duplicated, that team, just the chemistry,” first baseman Mike Napoli said by his locker at Yankee Stadium before batting practice.
“We got to spring training, Day 1, I didn’t know anybody in here; a lot of guys didn’t. But it was weird, just from the beginning, how we all had the same interests. There were a lot of different personalities, but we were all the same, in a way — we all cared for each other, picked each other up. It was just so special.”

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The Red Sox, with a sense of purpose made stronger by the Boston Marathon bombing that April, rolled into October, taking down the Rays, the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was a third championship ring for the owner John Henry, and the one that got away from Mike Ilitch, his counterpart with the Tigers, whose bullpen blew two leads at Fenway to cough up a pennant.
On Tuesday, Ilitch fired Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers’ president and general manager, icily referring in a statement to “some success” that Dombrowski had achieved. Some success, indeed — the Tigers were a laughingstock before the arrival of Dombrowski, who won two pennants and the last four American League Central titles.
That was not enough to save Dombrowski’s job, but then, the Red Sox are not satisfied, either. They got the championship that has eluded Detroit, but it buys them no good will from their fans.
“In Boston? No,” Napoli said, laughing. “That’s the beauty of this place, and that’ …Read More