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BOSTON — The Red Sox will take the bad with the good, especially when the good wins them a ballgame.
Mike Napoli was up and down Sunday in a performance that was truly a microcosm of his season — if not his entire career. He hit two home runs, struck out three times and grounded into a big double play. Fortunately for Boston, Napoli saved his best for last, as he crushed a walk-off blast in the 11th inning to give the Red Sox an 8-7 victory over the Yankees.
“That’s what’s great about this game,” Napoli said. “You always get another chance, and I was glad I got the opportunity to go up there and make up for it.”
The Red Sox fell behind early Sunday because of some sloppy play. Two errors allowed the Yankees to score two runs in the first inning, and New York extended its lead to 3-0 when Robinson Cano singled in a run in the second inning. Napoli gave Boston its first lead of the night in the third inning when he drilled a three-run homer over everything in left field.
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(Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Mike Napoli was literally hit or miss on Sunday night/Monday morning. His two HRs (including the walk-off game winner in the 11th) drove in four runs, but he also struck out three times and grounded into a base-loaded double-play. In the end, nobody cared about the outs. The 7-6 win gave Boston the series, their 60th win of the year, and a 1 1/2 game...
After one great year with the Rangers and one successful, but disappointing season, Mike Napoli was going to be one of the Red Sox' big free agent signings. And then a physical detected a chronic hip ailment despite Napoli feeling just fine. Instead of a three year deal for big bucks, Mike Napoli still signed with the Red Sox for only $5 million, which has been a bargain. Despite...
Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game went real long, as games between the two historic rivals tend to do. Sox fans who stepped up way past their bedtime were treated to one of the more thrilling finishes in what’s turning into an unforgettable season for the club.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, with the two teams tied 8-8, Boston first baseman Mike Napoli stepped to the plate...
With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Mike Napoli hit his second home run of the game to give the Boston Red Sox an 8-7 walkoff win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night at historic Fenway Park.
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There are few greater sounds in the world for Red Sox fans than the first few chords of “Dirty Water” by The Standells. The beginning of that sound, played after every Sox win at Fenway Park, sounds even better when it’s accompanied by deafening applause brought on by a walk-off win.
There’s been plenty of that at Fenway this season, as the Red Sox have nine walk-off wins...
Mike Napoli ends the game for the Red Sox in the bottom of the 11th inning with a walk-off home run to straightaway center field. Leaving the Yankees out of last place in the East by the same amount as they're trailing first.
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Mike Napoli can’t explain it.
Perhaps he’s just a slow starter, although he pretty much punched a hole in that theory this season by having the best April of his life. Maybe he likes the summer heat. Or could it be that he thrives on the pressure of a pennant race, when the stakes are highest and the spotlight is blinding?
Regardless, Napoli always has saved his best for last...
Mike Napoli homered with two outs in the 11th inning -- his second home run of the game -- and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-7 on Sunday night.
The Red Sox scored seven runs after falling behind 3-0, thanks in part to Napoli's three-run homer in the third. But they coughed up the lead when New York scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie it 7-all...
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Last night was really a tale of two games for Mike Napoli. On one hand, you had the guy who hit 2 home runs (including the game winner), and you have the player who stuck out 3 times and grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the 8th. Red Sox Nation was frustrated after that double play, judging...
The Red Sox and Yankees played until almost 1:00 am last night, going back and forth until Mike Napoli won the game in the bottom of the 11th inning with a solo home run for the 8-7 win.
Napoli’s 11th-inning home run gives Sox 8-7 win – Sean McAdam has a look at an up and down night for the first baseman, who had two home runs, but also two strikeouts and killing a rally by grounding...
CC Sabathia struggled to start the second half, allowing seven runs in five innings. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
New York Yankees 7 — Boston Red Sox 8 (11 innings)
Mike Napoli’s second home run of the night is a walk-off in tonight’s 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox in 11 innings.
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Clay Buchholz only created the Clay Buchholz Foundation this past year, but he’s off to a great start with the foundation as his first event was a great success — thanks in large part to his supportive teammates.
The “Buchholz Bowl” raised money for Christopher’s Haven, and Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli, John Lackey and Ryan Lavarnway were all in attendance at the charity...
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There's no doubt Yankees starter CC Sabathia was disappointed when it was Mike Napoli who burst out the top of his birthday cake last night at Fenway Park.
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The Red Sox went into the first weekend after the All Star break needing only 1 win over the Yankees to win their 20th series of the season, and their 60th game. On Saturday they handed in a disappointing performance, losing 5-2 with a lackluster display of hitting. Sunday was a different story, it was a game that if the Sox had lost could have sent...