Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 hour 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 BOS 17 hours 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 BOS 2 days 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 BOS 1 week 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.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 1 week ago

Napoli reached base four times in Friday night's win over Tampa Bay. He went 1-for-2 with three walks, scored two runs and stole a base.

Napoli is still far from being a regular in fantasy lineups, but he's put together a couple of encouraging games, going 3-for-5 with four runs scored and three walks.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday against Baltimore.

Manager John Farrell hinted that Napoli could get the night off Wednesday when the Red Sox face Bud Norris and the Orioles, and that indeed will be the case. Brock Holt will take over first base duties from Napoli, who is 2-for-15 lifetime against Norris.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Manager John Farrell might give Napoli a rest Wednesday night against Baltimore's Bud Norris, against whom Napoli is 2-for-15 with eight strikeouts, the Boston Globe reports. "We're looking at matchups for the rest of the series, particularly tomorrow against Norris, where even when Mike has gone well, that's been a tough matchup for him," Farrell said.

Napoli is coming off a four-strikeout night in Tuesday night's loss to the Orioles. The first baseman has had pockets of production this season, but overall it's been a grind for Napoli, whose average dropped to .199 with Tuesday's 0-for-4.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Napoli's nightmare season continued Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Napoli was dropped to the eighth spot in the order for this one thanks to his sub-.200 batting average. After a somewhat encouraging month of May in which Napoli cracked seven home runs, the first baseman has hit just .179 with two homers this month.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Napoli went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI and a run scored in Friday night's win over the Royals. He's hit safely in three straight games, going 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits and three RBI.

Napoli, once a middle-of-the-order bat, has been dropped to seventh while he works to snap out of a season-long slump. His recent run has brought him back over .200, but he needs to go on a run to warrant an everyday spot in a fantasy lineup.

Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 weeks ago

Napoli is not in the lineup Thursday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

Napoli will take a seat after starting each of the last three games at first base. David Ortiz will get the nod at first Thursday as the Red Sox play without the DH in St. Louis.