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ARLINGTON, Texas Mike Napoli spent three fewer years with the Texas Rangers than Josh Hamilton did but his homecoming trip to Texas had a much different feel.
While Hamilton was booed lustily in his return to Texas in Arlington, the fan favorite Napoli was greeted by cheers, a partial standing ovation and even a "Napoli" chant when he returned Friday at first base for Boston.
It's just the way Napoli wanted it.
"I had two great years here, a lot of moments I'll never forget," said Napoli, who was struck out by Derek Holland in his first at-bat. "It's going to be fun. I'm happy to still be playing baseball. I'm going to enjoy it and take it all in."
It's understandable that Napoli came to Texas in an upbeat mood, given the year he's had with Boston. He came into Friday's game leading the American League in RBI with 31 and doubles with 15.
Those are numbers that didn't look like they would be attainable during an...
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Via @ESPNStatsInfo comes this fun nugget: Mike Napoli hit two 460+-foot bombs last night and was the first player to do so in eight years. Or maybe they just haven't looked at data beyond 2004. OK, the tweet is pretty vague and I'm not finding any info online.
But look: They even made a nice graph of it!
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Mike Napoli played a major role as the Texas Rangers won an AL championship in 2011 and appeared in the playoffs in each of his two seasons. When he sought a multiyear deal in free agency, though, the team wasn't prepared to commit given his injury history.
The Boston Red Sox took a chance on him, and that risk has paid off so far.
Napoli faces his former team for the first...
Mike Napoli has a lot of great memories of his two seasons with the Texas Rangers, including his first World Series.
Now he's back, playing first base for the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark.
Napoli says it's not ''too weird'' to be back in Texas and that he looks to competing against his good friends.
After 54 homers the last two seasons for Texas,...
Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox’s power-slugging first baseman, hit two tape measure shots during his team’s 10-1 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Wednesday. The Red Sox as a team belted out five round-trippers during the lopsided laugher, but the two moon shots Napoli unleashed were by far the most impressive.
The first homer, in the 4th inning of Mark Buehrle...
Tonight starts a 3 game set against the Texas Rangers where Mike Napoli aka Big Napi, aka Hacksaw-courtesy of Dustin Pedroia, returns to his old stadium for the first time as a Boston Red Sox. Napoli began his first 11 seasons of his career with the Angels before being traded to the Rangers in 2011 where his bat came alive and where he believes his career really took off.
The Red Sox have played their last seven games against a pair of last-place teams (Houston and Toronto) and handled them with relative ease, going 6-1 over the two series. That respite ends Friday night, when the Sox travel to Arlington to take on the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
Shane Victorino makes his return in right field for Boston after missing seven games with a back injury...
One more note on the Angels - Orioles game. As everyone knows, Josh Hamilton has been awful so far with the Angels after signing this huge contract. He is continuing his trend from last year at swinging at everything and is batting like .208 or something. And so his manager sat him yesterday against the Orioles. That was dumb.
Why was it dumb when Hamilton just went zero for...
Clay Buchholz threw seven shutout innings and Mike Napoli blasted two of the Boston Red Sox five home runs on the night in a 10-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday night.
Mike Napoli isn’t the only former Texas Ranger to make the move up to Boston this season. Reliever Koji Uehara also called Arlington home last year, and the 38-year-old right-hander has made quite the impression on Red Sox fans during his short tenure with the team.
Through his 13 appearances, Uehara holds a 1.54 ERA and has struck out 14 over 11 2/3 innings. He’s also become...
Boston’s boomsticks were out Wednesday night and provided the Red Sox (19-8) an opportunity to get their seventh series win in nine tries to start 2013. Mike Napoli crushed two home runs (the Sox had five total) and Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.01 ERA) became the first pitcher in MLB to reach six wins this season, as the Sox pounded the Blue Jays 10...
TheFantasyFix.com’s “Tools of the Trade” is a unique guide for owners to use while attempting to make an even trade with their league-mates in a standard 12-team mixed, 5×5 head-to-head or rotisserie redraft league.
The values present in this guide are simply the basis for a trade. A full-blown analysis of each team’s strengths and weaknesses are essential prior to proposing...
Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings to earn his major league-leading sixth win, Mike Napoli hit two of Boston's five home runs and the Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Wednesday night.
Stephen Drew hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Napoli went back-to-back with Daniel Nava in the fourth as the Red Sox won their majors-best 19th game and improved...
Thanks to the Garfoose we now must all watch the BoSox even more intently to see what substance Clay Buchholz may or may not have on his arm. Also, more Mike Napoli moonshots, please.
On the way to another excellent season, Carlos Gonzalez hit .222 last August. You may not have noticed because it was hidden by his earlier numbers.
Josh Hamilton hit .204 this April. You definitely noticed.
Both months hurt you, the difference is perception. Hitters slump all the time. It's just much more apparent when that ugly early-season total is staring you in the face...
There is a lot wrong with the LA Angels. Instead of being the World Series contender many thought they would be, the Halos have struggled to a 10-17 record and are already on the verge of having to declare 2013 a lost season. The problem that gets the most attention is Josh Hamilton. While he is having a miserable season, he attracts the attention simply based on brand name recognition...