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12 Mike Napoli 1B
Height/Weight: 6-0/220 | Birthdate: 10/31/1981 | Birthplace: Hollywood, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 53/41 | Average Draft Position: 221.83
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Red Sox's Mike Napoli homers, drives in four runs vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 2 for 3 with a walk, a home run and four RBI in his team's 6-1 win over the Angels on Sunday.

Napoli demolished Angels pitching during the series, going 5 for 9 with four home runs and eight RBI in his last three games. Sunday's damage came on a two-run home run in the second inning to put the Red Sox on the board and a two-run double in the eighth.

"I've been there before and I've been in slumps in my career," Napoli said to WEEI.com. "I know I am just swing, one at-bat away from feeling good. I kept grinding. I wasn't going to give up. I knew I was struggling, but I kept at it and worked with Chili [Davis]. Got some good info from [Dustin Pedroia] and things have been going good since then."

Napoli has hit .203/.304/.420 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 138 at-bats.


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli blasts two home runs in win on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 2 for 4 at the plate in Boston's 8-3 win over the Angels on Saturday.

Napoli ripped a solo home run over the Green Monster in the second inning off of C.J. Wilson. Then in the sixth, Napoli did the same thing when he belted a two-run shot off of Wilson, his seventh of the season.

"I feel pretty good," said Napoli to MLB.com. "This is a time where I have to maintain what I'm doing right now in the cage and in my BP. I know where my hands have to get. You know, it's a good feeling to go in there and be able to compete and not try to think about what's going wrong with my swing or anything. I'll try to keep that muscle memory and be able to go in the game with it."

Napoli is hitting .389 with four homers and six RBI during the team's five game homestand.

"The way I was hitting, it wasn't helping us," Napoli said. "We've got a lot of good hitters in this lineup. We're definitely better than what we've been doing out there. Just got to keep going, keep grinding. Everyone in this clubhouse is going to do that. We know we can be a great offense, but we've got to be able to go out there and do it."


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli homers in loss to Angels


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the fifth time this season in his team's 12-5 loss to the Angels on Friday.

Napoli, who has struggled for most of the season, has two multihit games in his past five games. He went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk on Friday.

Napoli is hitting .333/.375/.733 in with two home runs in 15 at-bats in his past four games.


Mike Napoli contributes solo homer in Red Sox's win Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Mike Napoli connected for a solo homer Tuesday in the Red Sox's victory over the Rangers.

Napoli went 2 for 4 with two RBI in the win.

"He's been able to identify something in his timing that seemed to play out tonight," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The home run to the pull side on the breaking ball, that's a pitch he's been missing."

The homer was Napoli's fourth of the season.


Several regulars return to Red Sox lineup Thursday vs. Mariners


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell is returning several regulars back to the starting lineup on Thursday against the Mariners. First baseman Mike Napoli, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, catcher Blake Swihart and right fielder Shane Victorino were rested on Wednesday, but all are back in for Thursday night's contest.


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli hits home run in win over Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer in the first inning of Sunday afternoon's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. 

Napoli finished the game 1 of 2 and also drew two walks. It's the third time this season that Napoli has walked more than once in a single game. 

After going without a home run in first 16 games, Napoli has hit three in his past 12. He's not batting .172/.281/.313 for the season. 


Farrell: Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli 'taking some good swings'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Scuffling Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has received encouragement from John Farrell, who claims those struggles are not a result of a poor approach at the plate.

"He's taking some good swings, just missing some pitches," Farrell told MLB Network Radio. "When he's in the mix our lineup takes a completely different look."

Napoli has just two hits in his last 22 at-bats. It appeared he might be coming out of his slump when he slugged a three-run homer Sunday, but he took the collar Monday.


Mike Napoli goes yard for Red Sox in loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) First baseman Mike Napoli has been in a terrible funk for the first month of the season, but finally put a good swing on the ball in Sunday’s 8-5 loss to the Yankees, blasting a three-run homer.

Napoli entered Saturday stuck in a 6-for-33 rut, but in the sixth inning, with Boston deep in an 8-2 hole, he connected for a three-run home run, just his second of the season, off Adam Warren to help the Red Sox close the gap. 

Even with the homer and a walk, Napoli is hitting just .167 on the season. 


Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli struggling at the plate this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli still hasn't quite figured it out at the plate this season. The veteran is still looking to find a rhythm and break out of an early slump, reports MLB.com.

"You have to let it out sometimes. You can't always hold it in," Napoli said. "I'm working hard every day to get results. I'm confident. I'm not panicking. I'm trying to fight through it."

He went 0 for 4 in Saturday's game, lowering his average to just .160 in 75 at-bats this season.

"There's been times where he's expanded the strike zone a little bit more than we've seen in the past," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "A couple of opportunities in the middle innings today that unfortunately he was unable to cash in on. When he's going right, or as he's capable, it makes our lineup completely different, and he's important to us."


Red Sox's Mike Napoli returns to starting lineup vs. Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli returned to the starting lineup in the series finale with the Blue Jays Wednesday night, per the team's official website. Napoli was sidelined since Sunday due to an illness. He is hitting .167 in 36 at-bats this season.

Boston is favored (-135) at home against Toronto, per VegasInsider.com.


Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli out of the lineup again Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is out of the starting lineup again Tuesday against the Blue Jays, the team announced per ESPN.com.

Napoli missed Monday's game while battling an illness. Manager John Farrell expects Napoli to be on the shelf for a few more days while battling the illness, according to the Providence Journal.

Daniel Nava will draw his second straight start at first and bat sixth. He is hitting .167 in 36 at-bats this season.


Illness might not keep Red Sox 1B Napoli on bench Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is not starting Monday against the White Sox, but that doesn't mean he won't play.

"He's under the weather," John Farrell told WEEI. "He's here, he's not completely unavailable, but he's not capable of starting right now. He's dealing with some illness."

Napoli has played in 18 of 19 games this season.


Mike Napoli out, Daniel Nava in Monday lineup for Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is set to sit Monday against Toronto with an illness. Daniel Nava will play the position instead.

Napoli has been hitting on-and-off lately. He is hitless in four of his last six games, but managed five hits in the other two combined. He still owns a weak slash line of .169/.280/.262 and has just one homer and four RBI all year.

Nava, however, has been worse at the plate in limited duty. He has just one hit in hls last 18 at-bats.


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli hits first homer of season


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Mike Napoli got off the schneid on Saturday, hitting his first home run of the season on his 57th at-bat in the Red Sox loss to the Orioles.

Napoli went 3 for 4 in the game to raise his average to .143.

Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval, Daniel Nava back in the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays, the team announced. Sandoval was given the day off Monday and replaced by Brock Holt. He is hitting .289 with four RBI in 45 at-bats this season.

Also returning to the lineup is Daniel Nava, who will take first base, giving Mike Napoli the day off. Nava is hitting .238 with five RBI in 21 at-bats this season. The Red Sox are currently the underdogs (+116) against Tampa Bay.


Current Red Sox have hit Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen hard


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has surrendered a .323 batting average to current Red Sox hitters, masnsports.com reports.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected more hits against Chen than anyone in the lefty pitcher's career, going 14 for 27 with a .519/.567/.778 line. Designated hitter David Ortiz is 8 for 21 with a home run, right fielder Shane Victorino is 4 for 10 with a home run and shortstop Xander Bogaerts is 3 for 10 with a home run against Chen. All four are in the starting lineup Monday, as are first baseman Mike Napoli, who's just 3 for 17 against Chen but with two home runs, and catcher Ryan Hanigan, who's 1 for 9 with a home run against the pitcher.

The Orioles are underdogs (+110) against the Red Sox in Boston Monday.


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli in starting lineup, looking to end skid


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, despite being in an 0-for-17 slide to open the season, will start Sunday night against the Yankees, per the Boston Herald

Napoli, who was 0-for-12 during the first two games of the series, hopes his fortunes will be able to change against a pitcher against whom he's had some small measure of success. Napoli is 3-for-6 with two home runs against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. 

The Red Sox are looking to sweep their rivals Sunday. 


David Ortiz returns to Red Sox lineup, Mike Napoli on bench


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/9/2015) The Red Sox continue to juggle their lineup for the finale of their interleague series against the Phillies on Thursday, with David Ortiz returning to the lineup after a one-game absence to play first base and Mike Napoli heading to the bench. 

Without the benefit of the DH, both Ortiz and Napoli saw their playing time limited early in the season. Ortiz has never faced Phillies starter David Buchanan as the veteran slugger hunts for his first hit of the season - in fact, only one Boston hitter in the starting lineup, third baseman Pablo Sandoval - has ever faced the young starter.


David Ortiz takes backseat to Mike Napoli in Game 2 at NL park


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz was not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest at Philadelphia. Ortiz played first base on Opening Day, but is taking a backseat to Mike Napoli in the second game of the season at a National League park.

Boston is favored (-140) at Philadelphia, per VegasInsider.com.


Red Sox's Napoli not entertaining the idea of catching again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has not caught a game since 2012 -- his last season with the Rangers. Napoli's absence behind the plate has largely been due to a degenerative hip condition, but also the Red Sox not having the need for him to catch.

Recently, that latter issue has changed with Red Sox starting catcher Christian Vazquez needing season-ending Tommy John surgery. However, it doesn't appear the Red Sox will consider moving Napoli into a part-time catching role.

“Mentally I’ve let it go. It’s not even a question,” Napoli said of returning to catching, per WEEI.com. “Physically, I don’t know how my hips would be if I did it. I haven’t really thought about that. I let it go a long time ago.”


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli homers in win over Twins


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Mike Napoli of the Red Sox homered Monday in the team's 14-2 win over the Twins, reports MLB.com.

Napoli took an inside pitch and ended up delivering with a broken-bat home run.

"I watched the video on it," said Napoli. "It looked like I got the barrel to it. My at-bat before, when I shot the ball to right field, he kind of got in a little bit on me. That's probably where it broke there."

"It was just a weird feeling," said Napoli. "The bat exploded and it was just kind of sitting there. It's a weird feeling any time you do that. I don't know. I can't really explain it. I was just kind of running around the bases like, 'What just happened?'"

Napoli, 33, hit .248 last season with 17 home runs and 55 RBI.


Ortiz, Napoli return to Red Sox spring lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz (illness) and first baseman Mike Napoli (ankle) returned to the starting spring lineup Thursday against the Twins.

Napoli had been sidelined since March 18, while Ortiz last appeared in a spring game March 16.


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (ankle) expected to play Sunday or Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who was scratched Friday due to ankle inflammation, is expected to be back in the spring lineup Sunday or Monday, manager John Farrell said Saturday.

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli scratched with sore right ankle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was scratched from Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles due to a sore right ankle, according to Comcast SportsNet Northeast. Brock Holt will take over for him at first base.

Napoli told reporters that the injury is not believed to be serious. He is hitting .381 (8 for 21) this spring.


Mike Napoli smacks pair of HRs in Grapefruit game vs. Pirates


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli smacked a pair of home runs and provided Boston's only runs in a 5-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

Napoli revealed he was "banged up" with toe, finger and back issues last spring. He's now healthy and hitting .467 in Grapefruit League action.

"I mean, I was banged up last year, too," Napoli said, per WEEI. "I was dealing with my toe, my finger, I had some back issues going on, I had a lot of things going on last year. Overall, I'm healthy right now. I've got energy. I'm sleeping at night. It's totally different. The way I feel now to how I did before is good for me."