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Despite losing three of four to the Royals this past weekend the Red Sox now have a three game lead in the American League East over the Rays. The Rays have lost 5 in a row and just were swept by the Dodgers this past weekend. The Orioles are making a surge only 4.5 games back and have a series at Arizona this week. Tampa Bay will be playing home against Seattle as the Red Sox head up to Toronto for a three game set.
John Lackey has received sub par run support this season from the Red Sox offense.
The Red Sox weekend in Kansas City was not terribly bad from a pitching sense. On Sunday, John Lackey pitched a good game and got no run support yet again. Lackey gets the worst run support of any Red Sox starter and he has to be frustrated. This year has been a good year for Lackey as wins and losses do not really tell the story. He has the best ERA on the staff besides Clay Buchholz who has pitched since June. He has three less strikeouts then Jon Lester in three less starts and goes ou...
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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...
It came as a shock to many when Will Middlebrooks was called back up from Pawtucket on Saturday. However one person who wasn’t surprised was PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina.
“He played hard down here and he earned it -- no doubt,” DiSarcina said according to ESPN Boston. “It wasn’t by default.”
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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...
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...
THAT'S ... SOMETHING
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.
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...
In what was one their most frustrating series of the season in Kansas City dropping three out of four to the Royals, the Boston Red Sox look to regroup as the finish up this long roadtrip in Toronto beginning on Tuesday night. Boston faced some tough Royals pitching over the weekend and the offense went cold at times in the series. With Toronto struggling with their starting pitching...
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Napoli had played one of his best games of the season in the field, making four above-average plays. There was the leaping catch-and-tag made on an errant Will Middlebrooks throw to end the fourth inning. The...
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...
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.
(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...
Sox win in Extras, 4-2
Tuesday night's Red Sox- Blue Jays game had a very National League feel to it. The game was a low scoring affair, with good pitching and great defense on both sides of dugouts; from Will Middlebrooks, to Rajai Davis, to Mike Napoli. But it was Shane Victorino who used his glove and his bat to get this one in the win column...