Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 3 days ago

Napoli is batting fifth in the order Wednesday against Toronto.

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Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 3 weeks ago

The Texas Rangers acquired first baseman Mike Napoli on Friday from the Boston Red Sox, along with cash, in exchange for a player to be named later or cash, according to MLB.com. Napoli appears likely to play regularly against left-handed pitching while Mitch Moreland faces right handers.

Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 2 months ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

After sitting out of the lineup for three straight games, Napoli went 1-for-7 with a single between Friday and Saturday. The Red Sox haven't quite given up on him yet, but Napoli might eventually find himself in a platoon if he doesn't improve after the All-Star break.

Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 2 months ago

Napoli is back in the lineup Friday against the Yankees, batting seventh.

Napoli sat for three straight games coming into Friday, but he'll be back in the order against the Yankees. He has struggled mightily this season, batting just .192 with 78 strikeouts in 260 at-bats. Napoli will look to bust out of his slump Friday, but he'll have to do so against the Yankees' hard throwing righty, Michael Pineda.

Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 2 months ago

Napoli was not in the starting lineup for the third straight game Wednesday.

Either David Ortiz or Travis Shaw have lined up at first base the last three games while the slumping Napoli (.192 avg.) works through the issues that have left his bat impotent.

Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 2 months ago

Napoli is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Travis Shaw was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, and he'll start Tuesday's game at first base. It appears the Red Sox are starting to lose patience with Napoli, who is out of the lineup for a second straight day. He owns a .192/.294/.358 slash line, with just 10 homers, 30 RBI and 31 runs in 77 games (260 at-bats).

Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 2 months ago

The Red Sox do not plan to use David Ortiz as a replacement for Napoli on a regular basis, the Providence Journal reports.

Napoli, who has five hits in his last 46 at-bats (.109), was given a day off Sunday. While Ortiz may not be a sustainable option to replace Napoli, Brock Holt could be, once Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is activated. At any rate, we expect Napoli back in the lineup Tuesday night against Miami.

Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 2 months ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

After going 0-for-9 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series, Napoli will be bumped from the lineup Sunday to make room for David Ortiz at first base. It's been a wretched season thus far for Napoli, who is slashing .192/.294/.358 over 260 at-bats.

Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 2 months ago

Napoli went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Friday night's loss to the Astros. He's 2-for-23 over the past seven games, dropping his average to .195.

Once a middle-of-the-order bat, Napoli is finding himself in the lower third of the order these days -- he batted seventh Friday. It may not be long until he finds himself out the lineup altogether. At the halfway point of the season, the Red Sox are dead last in MLB in production from the first-base position. When Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) returns, they'll need to find a spot for Brock Holt, who has seen action at first base this season.

Mike Napoli 1B/DH TEX 2 months ago

Napoli was ejected in the second inning of Sunday's game against the Rays for arguing balls and strikes.

It was the lone at-bat of the game for Napoli, who was replaced by infielder Deven Marrero in the contest. Napoli owns a .203 batting average and 10 home runs on the season.