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Napoli (back) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Angels, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.

A bout with back spasms will keep Napoli out for his second straight game. The Red Sox seem to be downplaying the ailment at this time, with the hope he'll return to the starting lineup over the weekend.

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Napoli will miss Wednesday's game due to back spasms, the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports.

He is temporarily unavailable, but it doesn't seem like a major issue, as he first reported the discomfort when he arrived at the park prior to Wednesday's game. Kelly Johnson replaced him at first base, and Napoli should be considered day-to-day.

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Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Napoli will take a seat as the Red Sox stock up on left-handed bats to counter Angels righty Garrett Richards. The first baseman typically has relatively neutral splits and just received a day of rest Sunday, so it isn't out of the realm of possibility that he's dealing with some sort of injury concern.

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Napoli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros.

Napoli will take a four-game hitting streak with him to the bench Sunday. He will yield the start at first to Kelly Johnson, who will bat fifth for the Red Sox.

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Napoli homered and drove in three runs in Wednesday's win over the Reds.

Napoli was back in the lineup after getting a day off Tuesday when David Ortiz played first base. The Red Sox are coming back home Thursday and there are no more series in National League cities. We should see Napoli in the lineup pretty much everyday here on out.

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Napoli is out of the lineup Tuesday at Cincinnati, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

The Red Sox have a two-game set on tap in a National League park, leaving one less spot to go around. As a result, David Ortiz will man first base, a development that may stay in place through Wednesday. Currently, Napoli has reached base in five consecutive games, batting .222 (4-for-18) with one homer, two RBI, one run, and five walks versus seven strikeouts.

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Napoli hit a 405-foot home run to left center on Friday against the Angels, as he scored a run, took a base on balls and picked up one RBI in three at-bats.

The Red Sox first baseman is getting on base (.360 OBP over his career) at a fantastic clip once again and remains one of the more productive hitters in the game with his ability to hit for power and to take a walk. The home run was Napoli's 14th of the season, which puts him on pace to once again exceed the 20-homer mark.

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Napoli is out of the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

Napoli will take a seat Thursday with the Red Sox juggling two first baseman for one spot in the interleague matchup. David Ortiz will start opposite the hot corner Thursday, batting in the three spot.

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Napoli, who was given the night off Tuesday, will start Wednesday, the Boston Globe reports.

With the Red Sox playing in St. Louis, manager John Farrell has to juggle Napoli and David Ortiz at first base.

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Napoli isn't in the lineup Tuesday at St. Louis, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

The lack of a designated hitter will bump Napoli from his typical spot at first base in order to keep David Ortiz's bat in the lineup. With two more games upcoming in St. Louis, it's unclear if Napoli will make anything other than a pinch appearance, despite reaching base in four consecutive contests.