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First at-bat memories linger for Red Sox

Napoli and Nava had especially memorable debuts

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The rookie steps into the batter’s box, his palms sweaty, his heart racing like a Justin Verlander fastball.

The odds of hitting a home run in a first major league at-bat are minuscule. There have been only 114 first-at-bat home runs since 1895, the year Babe Ruth was born.

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