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 to a great start, collecting 25 RBI and four homers in ...