Valentine keeps Nava in lineup for finale

Valentine keeps Nava in lineup for finale

TORONTO -- First, Daniel Nava was going to get a day off on Saturday. Then it was going to be Sunday. Upon further review, manager Bobby Valentine said that the left fielder can take Monday off. Of course, Nava has no choice on the matter -- the Red Sox don't play on Monday.

Nava's start on Sunday was his 24th in left field in the 24 games he's been back on the team.

The switch-hitter was hitting .315 with two homers, 18 RBIs, a .453 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage entering Sunday.

Instead of sitting Nava, third baseman Will Middlebrooks was out of the lineup, as Adrian Gonzalez moved back to first base and Kevin Youkilis played the hot corner.

"I looked at [Nava] in the training room," Valentine said. "He's young, he's strong. He's feeling good. The last thing I think he needs is two days away from making good contact."