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Even though the Red Sox’ wagon keeps rolling, Mike Napoli remains stuck in the mud.
Napoli is mired in the worst slump of his career, and the situation isn’t getting any better. Red Sox manager John Farrell dropped Napoli to seventh in the order for Wednesday’s game in Toronto, marking the lowest that Napoli has hit in the lineup all season. If things continue on their current path, Napoli might find himself out of the lineup altogether more frequently.
Farrell explained his decision to drop Napoli to seventh during a radio interview on WEEI’s Salk & Holley on Wednesday, and it’s clear that the Red Sox skipper is more than willing to shake things up.
“We moved him down to the seven hole [Wednesday], and we wanted him to know that we recognize he’s grinding and he’s going through a stretch where things haven’t gone his way,” Farrell said. “We haven’t lost confidence in him, and yet we feel like there have been opportunities that have presented themselves where he’s come up in some
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Mike Napoli has entered a slump of epic proportions. Perhaps epic is too strong a word for a game played in the sunshine. Let's just call it a slump of Rob Deer-like proportions.
The Red Sox have some decisions to make.
Since the All-Star break, Napoli has hit .204 with exactly 15 hits and 35 strike outs. He added three more to his total in...
Despite hitting a dramatic ninth-inning home run that tied last night's game, Mike Napoli will sit tonight against Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle. Over the last 30 days, Napoli is hitting only .190 with a .306 OBP and 35 strike outs. Daniel Nava will get the start at first base and bat eighth. Jake Peavy will make his third start in Carmine Hose. Ryan Lavarnway will comprise the...
Has Mike Napoli broken out of his slump? Let's hope so. The Red Sox need his bat.
Napoli cracked a two-run homer to right field with two outs in the ninth inning to tie last night's game against Toronto. Unfortunately, the Sox lost it in the bottom of the inning 4-3.
But the good news was perhaps the Napoli of old is coming out of his 2...
“Taste of De-feet” seems like an appropriate headline for Wednesday’s game in Toronto.
The Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays 4-3 in 10 innings, but it wasn’t before Mike Napoli provided some improbable ninth-inning heroics. Napoli, who is mired in the worst slump of his career, lifted a two-run, two-out homer over the right field fence to tie the game 3-3 in the ninth. In the...
Mike Napoli‘s bat has been very uncharacteristic as of late, and the Red Sox have done some lineup shuffling to compensate.
Napoli has played well defensively but has struggled mightily at the plate, so manager John Farrell bumped Napoli from his usual No. 5 spot in the batting order down to No. 7 for Wednesday night’s mathcup against the Blue Jays. Napoli still has the chance...
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For most teams, when a hitter returns to the dugout after a game-tying home run, he's met with high fives. Hit a big home run for the Boston Red Sox and, believe it or not, it's beard grooming. Seriously, following Mike Napoli's two-run bomb Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, the "Amish Mafia" lookalike was greeted with this.
The monkey on Mike Napoli‘s back keeps growing larger and larger.
After going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Tuesday night (and a combined 0-for-12 with nine K’s over the last three games) Napoli was dropped to seventh in the order for Wednesday’s tilt in Toronto — the first time all season he has hit that low in the lineup.
After putting up tremendous power numbers early...
Perhaps beard-searching is a sign of affection for Big Papi.
David Ortiz was one of several Red Sox players congratulating Mike Napoli on Wednesday night after the first baseman broke out of a slump with a monstrous home run, but he did it in an unconventional way. When Napoli arrived back in the dugout, Ortiz gave him the good old head rub — and then searched his beard.
Mike Napoli hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning of Wednesday's Red Sox game against the Blue Jays and — in what could possibly be the most disgusting dugout celebration ever — David Ortiz decided to check the first baseman's beard for something.
Whether or not Big Papi's nitpicking turned up any lice, treasure or remnants of Napoli's lunch...
Mike Napoli is struggling at the plate, and he’s been dropped in the order. Don’t expect the Red Sox to look too hard at external first base options, though.
According to CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam, the Red Sox don’t have any interest in Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who cleared waivers this week. McAdam reports that the Red Sox believe they have suitable in-house options...
There figures to be plenty of Major League teams interested in Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu once he is declared a free agent.
Count the Boston Red Sox as one team who has already looked at the 6-foot-3 250 pound hitter.
The Boston Globe quotes a Red Sox source saying the team is “certainly interested” in Abreu. It confirms what many suspected with current first baseman Mike...
5:50 p.m.: Mike Napoli has been bad — to put it lightly — of late. Entering Wednesday’s game in Toronto, the slugger is 0-for-12 with nine strikeouts over his last three games.
Napoli had already been dropped to sixth in the order after batting fifth most of the season, and he’ll now be dropped to seventh. Napoli will bat seventh Wednesday as Jonny Gomes bats fifth and Stephen...
Jake Peavy‘s first two starts in a Red Sox uniform were polar opposites of each other.
Peavy’s stay in Boston started strong as the right-hander went seven innings and allowed two runs in a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Aug. 3. But start No. 2 didn’t go as well. Peavy allowed six runs and 10 hits over five innings of work in a 9-6 loss to the Royals last Friday.
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)Sometime down the road, the Red Sox may look back on this gut-wrenching 4-3 loss with a series of regrets. They may regret letting Rajai Davis hit an inside-the-multiple-errors-HR to score the game's first run. They may regret squandering Mike Napoli's dramatic ninth-inning, two-out, two-run HR that tied the game. They might...
The El Nuevo Herald of Miami has reported that slugging first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has defected from Cuba. The 6-foot-3, 240 pound, right-handed Abreu was called "the best hitter in the world" by Grantland.com.
That is no exaggeration. In 2011, Abreu hit .453 with 33 home runs, 93 RBI and 79 runs scored in just 212 at-bats.