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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%: 26/13 | Average Draft Position: 222.16
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Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli homers, doubles in loss on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:35 am ET) First baseman Mike Napoli was the lone bright spot for the Red Sox in the 9-2 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday. Napoli went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and a solo home run. 

Napoli's seventh-inning home run, his 12th of the year, gave the Red Sox their second run of the game of Jose Quintana. 

After going through some rough times, Napoli is starting to show some signs of life at the plate. Over his last 10 games, Napoli is batting .364 (12 for 33) with two home runs and seven RBI. 


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli ejected from Monday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was ejected during the first inning of Monday's game against the White Sox, reports the Providence Journal. Napoli was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. He was replaced at first base by Daniel Nava.

Farrell encouraged by run of Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) It might take the rest of the season for Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli to improve his numbers to career norms, but he has at least going in the right direction.

Napoli is 8-for-21 with three doubles and a home run over his last six games. That has proven encouraging to John Farrell.

"More than anything, he's not missing pitches in the strike zone," Farrell told the Boston Herald. "When he's gotten a mistake in the middle of the plate, he's squared it up. ... Whether it's the fact that he's seeing the ball better right now or whether he's more relaxed and confident, he's in a pretty good run."


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli records two doubles, home run in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had his first three-hit game in nearly three months on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to avoid the 5-4 loss to the Astros. Napoli went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI.

Napoli slugged a solo home run in the second inning to give his club a temporary 2-1 lead. It was his 11th of the year, and it snapped a streak of 24 games without a home run. He then came through with an RBI double in the eighth inning to tie the game at 4-4. 

Napoli has been struggling for quite some time now. But the three-hit effort pushed his average up to .206, which is the highest it's been in almost a month.


Mike Napoli replaced by Travis Shaw in Red Sox lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. 

Travis Shaw replaces Napoli at first. It's the third start of the season at first base for Shaw, and his second in the last five games. 


Red Sox's Mike Napoli returns to lineup after three-game rest


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who has been struggling offensively for most of the season, made his return to the starting lineup Friday against the Yankees after sitting out three straight games. 

Napoli is mired in a 2-for-27 slump in his last nine games and is batting .165 in his last 36 games.

"We're going to need his production and tonight is an opportunity for him to get back on track," manager John Farrell said.


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli sitting once again on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Struggling Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Marlins. Napoli, who also started Sunday's game on the bench, is hitting a lowly .156 with one RBI and two extra-base hits over his last 10 starts.

Travis Shaw is getting the start at first base while batting eighth in the order. 


Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli struggling mentally as well


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The struggles of Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli are starting to take a toll on him mentally.

"I'm on what's supposed to be a winning team and I'm not producing," he complained to the Boston Globe. "...If you're not mentally frustrated, there's something wrong. But I come here every day to work and try to fix it ... I wake up every day thinking that today's the day. I'm just going to keep working, keep doing what I've done in my career, to get out of this thing."

Only Napoli and Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew own a batting average under .200 and on-base percentage under .300 among 116 qualifying regulars in the majors. Napoli owns a slash line of .192/.294/.358.

And it's not getting any better. He is on skids of 2-for-27 and 5-for-46. He has only one RBI in 15 games since June 19.


Red Sox's Mike Naploi ejected from Sunday's contest


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was ejected from Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, the team announced.

Napoli was ejected in the top of the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. He was 0 for 1 before being ejected.


Red Sox's Napoli still not satisfied despite strong outing Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli snapped a four-game hitless streak (0 for 14) with two hits, including one double, during Thursday's 8-6 loss to the Orioles. He also had two runs.

“Felt a little better (Thursday),” he said, per The Boston Herald. “I don’t know. I don’t want to really talk about it, to tell you the truth. Just going to work hard, keep grinding, go up there and try to give a tough at-bat every time.”

Napoli is batting .194 (14 for 72) with 25 strikeouts through 21 games in June.


Red Sox's Farrell: We're all a little surprised by Napoli's struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Orioles following a four-strikeout performance Tuesday.

Napoli is hitless in his last three games (12 at-bats) and is batting .199 on the season. Manager John Farrell is shocked as anyone by Napoli's struggles in 2015.

“I think we’re all a little surprised,” Farrell said, per WEEI.com. “That’s not to say that Mike’s not working at it because he is. Coming off the spring, he looked free, he was getting some balls in the inside part of the plate where he was getting ahead out to the pull side and was driving the ball into right center field, which is where he true power is when you see him going well. With the exception of a smaller stint of time that’s really when he’s been in that approach.

“This is surprising. There’s going to be swing and miss, we know that with Mike. That’s part of his make up as a player, as a performer, with the power you’re going to get. You could also look to four years ago, there was a year similar to what is unfolding right now and that’s been a lower average, but a high number of home runs. We’re certainly not turning away from Mike, we’re here to help him get through it.”


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli strikes out four times Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had a rough night at the plate on Tuesday. The veteran went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and three left-on-base in the 6-4 loss to the Orioles. After his fourth strikeout, the boobirds were calling from the stands at Fenway Park.

"A rough night for Mike," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, per MLB.com. "Some swing and miss there where he's had some decent success against Ubaldo Jimenez coming into tonight's game against him. Mike's working through, searching to gain any kind of consistency and right now, just a tough night tonight."

Napoli, whose average is now down to .199 on the season, hit in the eighth spot in the order on Tuesday, which was the first time he's done so since coming to Boston in 2013. But he will likely be on the bench for Wednesday's game against another right-hander, Bud Norris.

"We're looking at matchups for the remainder of the series, and particularly tomorrow against Norris," said Farrell. "Where even when Mike's done well, that's been a tough matchup for him so we'll put up a lineup that gives us a chance to match up as best we can."


Slumping Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli bats eighth on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/23/2015) For the first time since 2012, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is batting eighth in the starting lineup on Tuesday. Napoli last started in the No. 8 slot when he was with the Rangers three years ago.

But the power-hitting first baseman has been in a bit of a funk at the plate in recent times. Over his last 10 games, Napoli is hitting .147 (5 for 34) with one home run and five RBI. So, he will slide down to the eighth spot in the order on Tuesday against the Orioles.


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli slugs 10th home run on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead home run on Wednesday, but it wouldn't hold, as the Braves would come back to win 5-2. Napoli's home run, his 10th of the year, was a solo shot in the sixth inning to put his club up 2-1. 

After being held hitless over his previous 16 at-bats, Napoli has three hits in seven at-bats over his last two games, including a double and a home run. He is batting a poor .204 on the season.


Napoli, Ortiz to split starts at 1B during series at Atlanta


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz will be in the starting lineup at first base for Thursday's game at Atlanta, manager John Farrell told WEEI. As for Wednesday's series opener with the Braves, Ortiz will be on the bench as Mike Napoli draws the start at first base.

Napoli heads into Wednesday's game mired in a 3-for-28 slump. Ortiz is headed in the other direction, as he has hit safely in seven straight games. He also is batting .290 with one double, three home runs and nine RBI in his last nine games.


Red Sox resting Mike Napoli and Mookie Betts again


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Mookie Betts are not in Sunday's starting lineup against the Blue Jays. 

For Napoli, it's a second consecutive day off with Brock Holt starting in his place. Betts is also missing a second straight day, though his is due to a sore back. Betts crashed into a wall Friday night and is still recovering from soreness. 


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli out of the lineup against Blue Jays


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

Napoli is hitless in his last three games, going 0 for 12 with six strikeouts.

"It's frustrating, but I'm going to keep working, keep grinding every day," Napoli said, per MLB.com. "I'm out here early hitting, early BP and trying to keep going. Obviously, I don't look comfortable up there. I don't feel too comfortable. Just working in my at-bats until I can find it and be in that position to where I can do something."

Napoli hasn't missed a game at first base since May 16.


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli not thinking about impending free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is playing out the final year of his contract, and thus far the numbers (.213/.314/.404/.719) haven't quite been there, despite a few hot streaks.

The pressure of playing for his next contract could be considered a factor in his struggles, but the veteran slugger contends that is not the case.

"I have to play out the year. It's not going to happen right now," the 33-year-old said, per WEEI.com. "I love this place. I've said it before. And, yes, I would like to play here the rest of my career. But you never know what's going to happen. I'm going to do the things I need to do to try and help us win. I feel like when you go out there and play hard and do the right things, everything works out. I'm not putting any pressure on myself. Yeah, I'm a free agent and I want to do the best I can.

"I swear, until you just said this to me, I hadn't even thought about it for a while. I just feel like everything is going to take care of itself. I feel like I have a lot of good years left. This is the best I've felt in a long time health-wise. My sleeping has gotten better. We'll see. I feel like I could play a long time now."


Mike Napoli crushes ninth home run in Game 1 of doubleheader


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli belted his ninth home run of the season in the opener of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Twins. Napoli hit a solo shot in the seventh inning of the 6-3 victory. It was his only hit of the game.

Napoli came into the game 6 for 24 in his last eight games. He's batting .211 on the season.


Mike Napoli, John Farrell ejected for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was ejected from Friday night's game after arguing balls and strikes. 

Napoli was called out on strikes in the top of the eighth inning and took issue with the call. Manager John Farrell was also ejected in the resulting argument. 


Mike Napoli drives in only run of game for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 1 for 3 with a walk in Tuesday's loss to Minnesota.

Napoli drove in Boston's only run of the game, giving him 22 RBI. He's hit in five straight games and has nine RBI over that span. 


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.