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Mike Napoli | First Baseman

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Napoli went 2-for-5 with an 11th-inning three-run home run as the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Napoli crushed a Sergio Santos offering into the upper deck in left field at the Rogers Centre, giving the Red Sox a five-run 11th inning to that point. They would tack on another pair of runs. Napoli has hit 16 home runs, knocked in 50, and posted a .259/.381/.441 slash line on the season. Aug 26 - 11:54 PM

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Mike Napoli is starting at first base on Saturday after missing three games with back spasms.

Napoli is batting fifth against the Mariners.
Aug 23 - 10:34 AM

Mike Napoli (back) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

He's now missed the last three games with back spasms, but Boston is hopeful he'll be ready to go on Saturday. Daniel Nava is at first base in Napoli's place Friday.
Aug 22 - 3:35 PM

Mike Napoli is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again on Thursday due to back spasms.

The minor back injury also kept him out of action on Wednesday night. He is considered day-to-day.
Aug 21 - 3:49 PM

Mike Napoli is out Wednesday with back spasms.

It shouldn't be more than a day or two before he feels better. Napoli has a cool .266/.385/.446 batting line with 15 home runs and 45 RBI in 101 games this year.
Aug 20 - 4:20 PM

Mike Napoli belted a two-run homer and drove in three runs on the day in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.

Napoli plated a run with a fielder's choice in the first before putting the Red Sox ahead for good with an opposite-field, two-run jack in the fifth. He's homered three times in his last 10 games. Daniel Nava also had a nice day at the dish for Boston, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single.
Aug 13 - 3:45 PM

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

Napoli had been critical of C.B. Bucknor's strike zone in several at-bats throughout the game, and it all came to a head in his final trip in the eighth inning. He was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks before departing.
Aug 10 - 6:42 PM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer on Saturday.

Napoli hit the home run in the second inning, driving in new teammate Yoenis Cespedes. The homer gives Napoli thirteen on the season. Napoli's been dealing with nagging injuries (nothing new there), but he's still a dangerous bat in Boston's lineup when he's healthy enough to play, slashing .269/.387/.448 for the year.
Aug 2 - 9:44 PM

Mike Napoli has some swelling in his left index finger.

It's the same finger that sent him to the DL earlier this season and the reason he's out of the Red Sox starting lineup for the second time in three games. Mike Carp, who's thought to be available via trade, is starting at first base for Boston on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Jul 29 - 4:20 PM

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

This will be his second time out of the lineup in the past three games. We haven't heard anything about an injury, so perhaps the Red Sox are just using this as an opportunity to showcase Mike Carp, who is starting at first base Tuesday.
Jul 29 - 3:15 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have received trade inquiries on Mike Napoli.

Given their lack of right-handed power and the fact that Napoli is under contract next season, they seem unlikely to move him. Napoli also has a limited no-trade clause. However, it's always possible someone will blow the Red Sox away with an offer. If the club did move Napoli, they could transition Will Middlebrooks over to first base.
Source: Boston Globe
Jul 13 - 11:10 AM

Mike Napoli had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk, but it was all for naught as the Red Sox went home with a loss Tuesday against the White Sox.

Napoli, doubling in a run and later scoring, was in the middle of a three-run fifth inning as the Red Sox fought back to tie the game at 3-3, but that was the extent of his club's offensive output. The first baseman has quietly had another productive season, carrying a .273/.395/.447 line with 10 home runs and 34 RBI.
Jul 8 - 10:38 PM

Mike Napoli slugged a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth inning Saturday as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees in New York by a score of 2-1.

Napoli hit his homer off Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, who went nine innings but took the loss because he threw a bad fastball at an inopportune time. Napoli is batting .275/.390/.459 with 10 homers and 31 RBI in 62 games this season for the Red Sox, who are now 37-44.
Jun 28 - 10:12 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the A's.

Napoli belted the solo home run in the fifth inning, a fairly common occurrence for the first baseman -- the homer was his eighth of the season. Less common was his stolen base in the third, just his second steal of the year. Napoli owns a .268/.383/.431 line with those two steals and eight home runs on the year.
Jun 22 - 8:59 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Indians.

Napoli had an RBI double in the third inning and knocked in another run with a single in a four-run seventh. The 32-year-old slugger is 8-for-21 (.381) since coming off the disabled list last Sunday.
Jun 13 - 11:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2David Ross
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Brock Holt
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Allen Craig
2Shane Victorino
3Daniel Nava
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rubby De La Rosa
3Joe Kelly
4Allen Webster
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Tommy Layne
7Alex Wilson
8Heath Hembree