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Mike Napoli | First Baseman

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as the Rangers defeated the Tigers on Sunday.
Napoli tacked on an insurance run, belting a solo home run to left field off of Blaine Hardy in the eighth inning. It's his second home run since joining the Rangers, though Sunday's start was only his fifth. The veteran is batting .214/.313/.402 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI this season, including his time with the Red Sox. Aug 23 - 4:24 PM

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In Wednesday afternoon's win over the Mariners, Mike Napoli hit his first home run since being traded from the Red Sox to the Rangers on August 7.

Napoli went back-to-back with Mitch Moreland in the seventh. Incidentally, Elvis Andrus followed up Napoli's shot with one of his own, as the Rangers achieved the rare feat of back-to-back-to-back bombs. The slugger is hitting a disappointing .210/.311/.394 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI between the Red Sox and Rangers this season.
Aug 19 - 5:10 PM

Rangers acquired 1B Mike Napoli from the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Napoli heads back to Texas where he enjoyed some of the finest seasons of his career in 2011 and 2012, slashing .275/.379/.552 with 54 homers and 131 RBI in 221 games. With Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland already on the squad, Napoli will likely be relegated to a platoon role, seeing most of his action against left-handed pitching.
Aug 7 - 8:20 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Rangers have acquired Mike Napoli from the Red Sox.

The return for the Red Sox has yet to be announced, but isn't expected to be much. The slugger has struggled this season, slashing .207/.307/.386 with 13 homers and 40 RBI. Presumably, he'll play primarily against left-handers.
Aug 7 - 7:24 PM

Mike Napoli slugged a two-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Friday's 7-5 win over the Rays.

Napoli took Jake McGee deep to the Monster Seats in the bottom of the seventh to give the Red Sox the lead. The veteran slugger hung around through Friday's trade deadline, but he's still a candidate to be moved in August. The 33-year-old is batting .210 with 13 home runs and a .704 OPS over 93 games this season.
Jul 31 - 11:03 PM

Mike Napoli had a homer, an RBI double and a walk Wednesday against the White Sox.

Napoli has very quietly gong 12-for-36 with two homers and five doubles in 11 games since the All-Star break. The Red Sox still aren't going to get much of anything for him if they trade him now, but he might look more attractive if he keeps this up for a couple of more weeks. In the meantime, those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him a look.
Jul 29 - 11:48 PM

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune, the Pirates have shown interest in acquiring Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino from the Red Sox.

The Pirates continue to explore ways to upgrade their offense, even after the acquisition of Aramis Ramirez. While Napoli has struggled this season, he would make for a nice compliment to Pedro Alvarez at first base for the Buccos.
Jul 26 - 7:23 PM

Mike Napoli went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles against the Astros on Thursday.

The second double really should have been caught, but it was a hard liner that went over Preston Tucker's head in a sort of "deer in the headlights" moment. Napoli's average is back up to .206 now after three weeks below the Mendoza Line. He still probably has a hot streak in him; it just remains to be seen whether it comes in Boston or not.
Jul 23 - 11:50 PM

Mike Napoli is not in Boston's lineup on Saturday.

Brock Holt will start at first base and bat eighth versus Anaheim right-hander Garrett Richards. Napoli owns a rough .191/.294/.349 slash line in 81 games this season.
Jul 18 - 5:15 PM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a single and a hit-by-pitch Friday against the Yankees.

Napoli hadn't played since being ejected from Sunday's game. The 33-year-old is batting just .194/.297/.357 through 78 games this season, but the Red Sox are hoping that the extended rest will get him back on track. He might be running out of time to prove it.
Jul 10 - 11:17 PM

Mike Napoli is in the lineup for Friday's contest with the Yankees.

Napoli hasn't played since Sunday, when he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. The ejection itself hasn't led to the days off, more his struggles at the plate. With the time to clear is head, the team is hopeful he'll be able to produce against the Yankees. Given what he's done in his career against the Bombers (.308/.426/.603 with 17 homers and 50 RBI over 224 at-bats), this is about as favorable of a match-up as Napoli's going to get.
Jul 10 - 5:24 PM

Mike Napoli is absent from the Red Sox' lineup for the third straight game Wednesday.

When combined with Monday's off day, Napoli hasn't played in four days. The Red Sox are giving the struggling first baseman some extended rest in hopes that it will give him a jump-start. David Ortiz is playing first base Wednesday.
Jul 8 - 3:05 PM

Mike Napoli is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

The struggling Napoli will take a seat against right-hander Dan Haren. Travis Shaw will start at first base.
Jul 7 - 3:37 PM

Mike Napoli was ejected from Sunday's game versus the Rays for arguing balls and strikes.

Home plate umpire Tripp Gibson looked to have a quick trigger, as Napoli seemed to be disputing a called strike three pretty calmly in the second inning before getting the heave-ho. It's been a nightmarish season for the first baseman, as Napoli sports an ugly .203/.304/.380 batting line.
Jun 28 - 1:38 PM

Mike Napoli was dropped to eighth in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

This will be his first time batting eighth as a member of the Red Sox, though it's worth noting he has a lot of history in that spot in his career. However, this is all about his lack of production. He's hitting .179 with one home run and .515 OPS over his last 16 games.
Jun 23 - 3:22 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
3Chris Gimenez
4Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Will Venable
CF1Delino DeShields
2Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Strausborger
DH1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Derek Holland
3Martin Perez
4Yovani Gallardo
5Colby Lewis
6Yu Darvish
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Keone Kela
3Jake Diekman
4Anthony Bass
5Sam Freeman
6Sam Dyson
7Andrew Faulkner
8Nick Tepesch
9Lisalverto Bonilla