Nava returns to Red Sox lineup

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Updated: 8/08/2013 6:28 pm

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava from the paternity leave list prior to Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Nava, who had missed all of Boston's just-completed three-game series in Houston to attend the birth of his daughter, will bat seventh and play first base when the Red Sox begin a four-game set with the Royals on Thursday.

The 30-year-old switch-hitter is batting .282 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI in 96 games this season.

In a corresponding roster move, the Red Sox optioned pitcher Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket. The knuckleballer lasted just one inning in Tuesday's start against the Astros, permitting three runs while walking a pair of batters.

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