Mike Napoli 1B BOS 6 minutes ago

Napoli homered and walked in four plate appearances in Friday night's loss to the Angels.

Napoli is beginning to break out of a season-long slump. He's 5-for-15 with two homers and three RBI in the last four games.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 3 days ago

Napoli went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over Texas on Tuesday.

Napoli is off to an awful start in 2015, hitting just .174 with four home runs and 13 RBI. This was definitely encouraging, but it will take more performances like this before Napoli will become valuable again.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 7 days ago

Napoli is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

Napoli is just 8-for-39 (.205) with 14 strikeouts in his career against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez, so manager John Farrell decided to hold him out with Hernandez on the mound Saturday. Daniel Nava will get the start at first base in Napoli's place.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 week ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics, Rob Bradford of 93.7 WEEI reports.

Napoli has struggled mightily to begin the 2015 campaign, currently sitting at .171/.287/.305 with three home runs and 11 RBI through 30 games. He'll sit Wednesday in favor of Daniel Nava, who will bat seventh for the Red Sox.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Napoli hit a three-run homer and walked twice in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.

Boston's last-in-the-league starting pitching has attracted most of the headlines, but they have several hitters, like Napoli, that are under-performing. He's reached base safely in five straight, with hits in four of them, to move his average up to .172.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 3 weeks ago

Napoli went 0-for-4 (0-for-2 with runners in scoring position) in Saturday's loss to the Yankees and is now hitting .160 to start the season. He's 1-for-15 in the last four games.

Manager John Farrell told CSN New England that he's sticking with Napoli at first base, noting his "proven track record as a power hitter" and his "good defense at first base."

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 3 weeks ago

Napoli (illness) returned to the lineup Wednesday night and went 0-for-3 in a 4-1 win over Toronto.

Napoli missed two games and there had been reports that he was set to miss a few more days, but was able to go Wednesday.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 3 weeks ago

Napoli (illness) will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

Napoli missed two contests due to the illness, but is finally set to return Wednesday. He's been off to a slow start to begin the season, slashing just .169/.280/.262 over the first 18 games of the campaign. Perhaps a couple days of rest will do the trick, as he'll look to regain his form from the pas few seasons.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 4 weeks ago

Napoli (illness), who is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto, is expected to miss a few more games, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

The report notes that Napoli is contagious, which means he probably won't even be at the ballpark. Further hinting at a continued absence, the Red Sox recalled Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. Still, Napoli will likely avoid the disabled list, given that he's merely sick.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 4 weeks ago

Napoli (illness) is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports.

Napoli will sit for a second straight game, allowing Daniel Nava to get a start at first base. Once he returns to health, the 33-year-old slugger should have every opportunity to work his way out of an early slump.