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Mike Napoli | First Baseman

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

It's his second straight day off, as Napoli is in the midst of another slump. Brock Holt is handling first base.
Jun 14 - 11:18 AM

Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox lineup for Saturday's contest against the Blue Jays.

It's a bit of a surprise that he gets a day of rest on Saturday despite hitting .318 (7-for-22) with a homer and six RBI lifetime against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. Brock Holt is getting the start at first base and will hit second for the Red Sox.
Jun 13 - 10:35 AM

Mike Napoli was ejected from Friday's game against the Rangers for arguing a called third strike call with home plate umpire Todd Tichenor.

Manager John Farrell came to his player's defense and was also given the gate. Before departing, Napoli had gone 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored.
May 29 - 10:49 PM

Mike Napoli had an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

Napoli's RBI single in the second inning was the only run the Red Sox could push across against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey. The run batted in was Napoli's 22nd on the season and his 11th in his last eight games. He's raised his average from .162 to .214 in that stretch, batting .429 (12-for-28) in those eight games.
May 27 - 1:07 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Blake Swihart
2Ryan Hanigan
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
3Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
CF1Mookie Betts
2Jackie Bradley
RF1Rusney Castillo
2Alejandro De Aza
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Junichi Tazawa
3Craig Breslow
4Alexi Ogando
5Jean Machi
6Robbie Ross
7Justin Masterson
8Jonathan Aro
9Brandon Workman
10Anthony Varvaro