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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%: 36/18 | Average Draft Position: 221.76
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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.


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.