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Mike Napoli tried to downplay the question about playing in Fenway Park.
Nope. He couldn't help himself.
Napoli hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Will Middlebrooks busted out of a slump with a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep by beating the Oakland Athletics 9-6 on Monday night.
''I've been feeling good on the road, too, but I just love hitting here,'' he said. ''You've got the wall right there and you can get away with some stuff that you don't necessarily have to hit it so good. Sometimes you can hit a pop fly that would be an out at some other parks and it goes off the wall.''
Napoli's playing time was limited, but the results were excellent in Fenway as a visiting player. In 19 career games, he hit .306 with seven homers and 17 RBIs.
Signed as a free agent during the offseason because of his propensity to pull the ball for power with Fenway's Green Monster, Napoli is off...
BEST OF MAXIM
I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's so damn good to see Mike Napoli in a Red Sox uniform.
Napoli crushed a grand slam into the Monster seats in the fifth that helped push the Sox past the A's with a 9-6 victory.
After the A's got to Felix Doubront in the top of the second for a couple of runs, Napoli helped get the Sox back into the game. He followed...
Mike Napoli entered Tuesday night leading all of baseball in RBIs, and a big part of that is due to his recent play at Fenway Park.
The first-year Red Sox first baseman has wasted no time getting suited to his new digs, and the big numbers that he put up as a visitor to Boston have continued to shine through now that he’s in the home whites. Napoli has driven in right runs over...
Mike Napoli is so hot right now, but its certainly not sustainable
If the 2013 Boston Red Sox season hadn’t already begun to look like a complete 180 degree spin from last year’s debacle, then Monday night’s comeback win should help convince the fans and the pundits even more. So far in 2013, the Boston Red Sox had survived thanks to their pitching and timely hitting. Down...
Red Sox fans were told that Mike Napoli had a swing built for Fenway Park when he signed with the team. It seems that was an accurate statement.
Napoli lifted one over the Green Monster for a grand slam Monday to power the Sox to a 9-6 win over the Oakland A’s. Will Middlebrooks joined the fun as well, breaking out with his fifth home run of the year, hopefully a sign of things...
Red Sox manager John Farrell knew that Mike Napoli‘s uppercut, right-handed swing would fit in perfectly in Fenway Park’s unique dimensions when he brought in the former Texas Ranger over the winter. But it’s doubtful that even Farrell could have predicted just how productive his new first baseman has been.
After a five-RBI effort Monday night, Napoli has now driven in a major...
Mike Napoli hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Will Middlebrooks busted out of a slump with a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep by beating the Oakland Athletics 9-6 on Monday night.
The Red Sox, swept by Kansas City in a split-doubleheader Sunday, scored three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth. Napoli's fourth career slam...
The Red Sox resilience struck again after being swept in yesterday’s double header against the Kansas City Royals. The Oakland Athletics got down early thanks to a Mike Napoli grand salami, and the bullpen was able to (somehow) conjure just enough to ward off the A’s counter punch.
Here are the four bases:
First Base: Mike Napoli offense has turned eyes, especially on his fourth...
Right-handed pitcher Andrew Bailey and first baseman Mike Napoli of the Boston Red Sox have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending April 21st. This marks just the third time a pair of Red Sox have shared a weekly honor, joining Mike Lowell and David Ortiz (week ending August 26, 2007) along with Pedro Martinez and Trot Nixon (week ending July...
Will Middlebrooks laced a three-run homer and Mike Napoli drove in five runs with four of them on a grand salami to power the Boston Red Sox past the Oakland A's 9-6 on Monday night at historic Fenway Park.
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David Ortiz is starting to look better and better in the batter’s box since his return to the lineup Saturday, but he won’t be in the lineup to start when the Sox take on Oakland in the middle game of a three-game series against the Athletics.
It’s unclear whether this is injury-related or just another day of rest for the designated hitter, but this will be the second game...
Power lead the Red Sox over the Oakland Athletics on a chilly night in Fenway. An early start (6:35) seemed like a good idea in afterthought seeing as the game still ended after 10pm. When the game ended it was a cold 41* in the park and many fans left early because of the weather. Those who remained were bundled up in their scarfs to watch the sox pull out the victory in the end...
Coming off a frustrating weekend series loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox rebounded this week with a series win over the Oakland Athletics by taking two out of three from them. It was the first series win for Boston vs. the Athletics since August 26-27, 2011 at Fenway Park after going 1-8 against them in 2012. The key in the series for the Red Sox was getting timely...
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Andrew Bailey, who shared American League co-Player of the Week with fellow Red Sox Mike Napoli, added yet another save in the team's 9-6 victory over the Oakland A's last night at Fenway.