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Looking for more help, the Rays claim Daniel Nava from the Red Sox

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Runs have come a little easier for the Tampa Bay Rays this week, but the team added a piece nevertheless on Wednesday.

The Rays claimed Boston outfielder Daniel Nava, one of the key elements to the Red Sox’s 2013 march to the pennant. The Rays made roster room by sending down rookie outfielder Mike Mahtook.

There is a bit of risk to the move, because Nava, 32, has not hit at all this year. In 29 games, Nava was hitting only .152 with a .182 slugging percentage and a ,260 on-base percentage. He is a lifetime .267 hitter. In 2013, he hit .303 with 12 home runs in 134 games.

The Rays, however, believe in buying low and selling high, so they are hoping that Nava can rebound.

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