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After a slow and steady hip rehabilitation, Mike Napoli is set to make
his Red Sox debut today at JetBlue Park vs the Pirates; something that
fans, the front office, and teammates are eager to see.
It’s easy to understand why some of the most excited people to see Napoli in a Red Sox uniform are Red Sox pitchers.
kind of wonder, ‘How are other teams getting this guy out?’ ” reliever
Daniel Bard said. “He’s obviously putting up good numbers overall, but I
think we were helping out a lot. We couldn’t figure out how to get him
out. It’s good to have that guy on your side for a change.”
has made victims of most members of the current staff, whether it’s
two-time All-Star Jon Lester (.400, 2 HR, 1.337 OPS), one-time Cy Young
candidate Clay Buchholz (.333, HR, 1.167 OPS), former teammate John
Lackey (HR, 1.056 OPS), promising left-hander Felix Doubront (.333, HR),
steady reliever Craig Breslow (.400, .900 OPS) or even set-up man Koji
“When he comes up, you know he has bad intentions,” Buchholz said. “He wants to hit the ball hard.”
even though Napoli strikes out at a steady rate — 26 Ks in 81 plate
appearances against current Sox pitchers — it’s the threat of what he
can do if he gets ahold of one that makes him so dangerous.
Herald: Napoli won't be hurting Red Sox staff anymore
We all know after watching Napoli with the Angels and Rangers, this guy loves Fenway Park. The 31-year-old C/1B has a career average of .306, with 7 HR and 17 RBI; not to mention a .397 OBP.
So this is the start towards resolving an argument: Does Napoli have a prototypical swing for Fenway Park? Or was he just a punisher of a dismal Red Sox pitching staff?
Either way, $5-million for one-year of Napoli is well worth finding out. It still amazes me that the Red Sox wound up saving $34-million when they discovered Napoli's hip condition.
I kinda feel bad for the guy. Imagine agreeing to a contract to play in one of baseball's best cities for $39-million. Then poof...gone. That's the biz though.
It all starts today for Napoli and proving that he's capable, despite his hip condition. Here's to hoping he continues torch Fenway Park and puts stock towards that big payday.
Rest of the links: Globe: Holt brings energy to competition in Red Sox camp | Herald: Crisis averted for Will Middlebrooks | Herald: New 1B feels same about Daniel Bard | Projo: Sutton might be best internal Middlebrooks insurance | ESPNBoston.com: Lackey takes next step in 'process'
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Mike Napoli aced every test slapped on his desk on Friday night.
Napoli, making his spring training debut for the Red Sox, made a few plays in the field, contributed an RBI single to kick off Boston’s scoring and left no doubt that he’s healthy with Opening Day exactly one month away.
Napoli was diagnosed with a hip condition known as avascular necrosis during the offseason,...
The hope was that Clay Buchholz would pitch two innings in his spring training debut on Saturday. He didn’t accomplish that feat, but all was not lost in the right-hander’s effort.
Buchholz was lifted in the second inning after throwing 40 pitches, 22 of which were strikes. He had to battle on a number of occasions, and he gave up a hit and walked two batters, so it was far from...
Mike Napoli continues to be pain free, so it looks like the training wheels are about to come off.
Napoli, who did some more baserunning drills on Wednesday, is on track to make his spring training debut on Friday when the Red Sox host the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Napoli, who was diagnosed with a hip condition during the offseason, has been brought along slowly by the Red Sox’ coaching...
Mike Napoli made his Boston Red Sox spring training debut on Friday night and by all accounts things went fine.
It was actually pretty funny that he was tested in every way possible during the first inning. Almost like it was scripted.
Napoli was tested by the Pittsburgh Pirates first batter of the game, Darren Ford, who pushed a bunt down the line. Napoli was able to scoop...
Despite the headline, it really isn't breaking news. Allen Webster is a damn good prospect. Sadly, not everyone knew that heading into spring training 2013.
From Pete Abraham of Boston.com:
"Webster in two appearances this spring: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He has been 95-99 with his four-seam fastball and shown an an excellent changeup along with a two-seam...
“The Flyin’ Hawaiian” should bring much needed energy to the top of the Red Sox lineup
The Red Sox had a ready-made replacement for former right fielder J.D. Drew as his contract expired after the 2011 season in Josh Reddick. Unfortunately the Sox had to use Reddick as a chip to acquire reliever Andrew Bailey. That left the Sox with a gaping hole in right field for the...
Will Middlebrooks‘ injury dominated the headlines following Wednesday’s game against the Orioles, but he wasn’t the only member of the Red Sox who came away from the spring training contest a little banged up.
Jonny Gomes banged into the outfield fence and cut his knee, which required three stitches, according to manager John Farrell. The minor injury presumably occurred when...
Mike Lowell grew up in Miami, helped the Marlins win a World Series and knows all too well about the franchise's tradition of humble payrolls and modest crowds.
Back in uniform this week as a special instructor, Lowell says the team can win again and win back fans, but it will take time. And he sympathizes with South Floridians angry the Marlins this season will be near baseball...
Tonight the Boston Red Sox will host a split-squad from the Pittsburgh Pirates at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The game will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. You can also listen to the game on WEEI in the New England area. If you have the MLB At-Bat app, you can listen to the game on there or if you got an RSN Membership...
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian interviews Red Sox manager John Farrell about his return to Boston and the Sox pitching staff.
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