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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%: 51/25 | Average Draft Position: 221.98
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Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli hits first homer of season


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(10:14 pm ET) 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."


Farrell: Napoli, Victorino 'full-go' for Red Sox's first full-squad workout


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Shane Victorino are all "full-go" for his club's first full-squad workout on Wednesday, per the Boston Globe. Napoli had offseason surgery to correct a sleep apnea condition, and Victorino had offseason back surgery back in August.

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli reenergized after apnea surgery


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had offseason surgery to correct a sleep apnea condition, and he's arrived at spring training as a new man. 

"I'm getting a lot of sleep. I'm energized, it's been good," he told Boston.com. "It's been night and day," he said. "Just my energy level. When I wake up and when I get out of bed and get my day started. Before I'd lay in bed until like one o'clock. It's totally different."

The improved sleep patterns gave Napoli more energy for offseason workouts, and he thinks it will improve his ability to recover as the season wears on. 

Napoli hit .248 with 17 home runs and 55 RBi last season. 


Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli 'would love' to finish career in Boston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who is entering the last year of a two-year, $32 million contract, told reporters he hopes to extend his stay in Boston, according to the Boston Herald.

Napoli underwent facial reconstruction surgery to correct a lifelong battle with sleep apnea this winter, which made him consider retirement. Napoli now wants end his career with the Red Sox.

"I'd love to finish my career here," Napoli said. "And with this surgery, I think it's going to put a lot of years on my career, just being able to stay healthy, my body recouping. We've got a good team, and I like it so much here. It fits me well."

Napoli slashed .240/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 415 at-bats last season, marking the first time since 2007 he failed to hit 20 home runs.


Sleep apnea almost caused Red Sox's Mike Napoli to retire


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Dealing with sleep apnea almost caused Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli to retire prematurely from baseball, reports the Boston Globe.

"I couldn't do it anymore, feeling the way I was feeling," Napoli said. "I was like, 'I need to have the surgery or I'm not going play anymore.' That's how bad it was."

During the offseason, Napoli underwent facial reconstruction surgery to correct the condition, which was preventing him from getting a proper night of rest.

"It was a brutal process," Napoli said. "It was probably one of the worse things I've ever done."

With the surgery a success and Napoli recovered from losing weight due to a six-week liquid diet, Napoli is now sleeping better than he ever has.

Before the surgery, Napoli turned to medication, mouthpieces and a CPAP mask, but said those problems are now behind him.

"I wake up now and I'm ready to start my day," he said. "It's great."


Red Sox's Napoli back up to 230 pounds, to resume hitting Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who underwent surgery in November to address sleep apnea, is expected to resume hitting Friday, agent Brian Greiper told The Boston Globe. Grieper added Napoli is back up to 230 pounds after losing weight following the surgery because he was unable to eat.

Aside from dealing with sleep apnea, Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe, knee and back in 2014. He was limited to 119 games last season, batting .248 with 17 home runs, 20 doubles and 55 RBI. Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs, 38 doubles and 82 RBI in 2013.


Mike Napoli undergoes successful surgery for sleep apnea


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli underwent successful surgery Tuesday to correct sleep apnea, according to FOXSports.com.

The surgery is expected to keep Napoli hospitalized for a few days, but will not affect his 2015 season.

In 2014, Napoli hit .240/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI.


Mike Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep disorder


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is slated to undergo surgery in early November to alleviate sleep apnea, WEEI.com reports.

"I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career," Napoli wrote in a text. "I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done."

Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe and back this season, but he isn't scheduled for any further surgery. He hit .240/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 415 at-bats this season, marking the first time since 2007 he has failed to collect 20 home runs.


Mike Napoli may not play again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli may not play again this season, according to CSNNE.com.

Napoli is dealing with toe, back and finger injuries. Napoli has not played since September 17. He's hitting .248/.370/.419 over 415 at-bats. 


Red Sox pair set to sit again Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox sluggers David Ortiz (soreness) and Mike Napoli (back, toe, finger) are both absent from the Thursday lineup against visiting Tampa Bay.

Ortiz has played just once since Thursday. Napoli has been out since Sept. 17 and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats.


Mike Napoli remains out Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday.

Napoli is dealing with a finger injury, and has been sidelined since September 17. He's hoping to return to action before the end of the season. Napoli is hitting .248/.370/.419 over 415 at-bats. 


Mike Napoli hopes to play again before end of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is hopeful he'll be able to play before the end of the season Sunday, MLB.com reports. Napoli has been sidelined for nearly a week with finger, back and toe injuries.

Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


David Ortiz, Mike Napoli return to lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and first baseman Mike Napoli returned to the lineup Saturday after missing Friday's game against the Royals. Ortiz was held out Friday with a foot injury, while Napoli has dealt with injuries to his finger and toe.