6:20 PM EDT, Tue September 01, 2015

Why Texas Rangers are sitting Mike Napoli against a left-hander

ARLINGTON – For the first time since he was re-acquired to give the Rangers’ lineup more weapons against left-handed pitching, Mike Napoli is not starting against a lefty. The answer may come down to this: It’s simply his turn. With …
Fenway Nation Aug 24, 2015

Napoli's Numbers Getting Him More Playing Time In Texas

()The Mike Napoli deal had to happen. Let's get that out on the table right away. And yet, it is interesting to see Nap's resurgence since re-donning the uniform of the Texas Rangers. As MassLive.com's Nick O'Malley points out, in just 11 games, Napoli is hitting .318—with a .400 OBP, is slugging .636 and has a 1.036 OPS. He will likely get more starts if this trend continues—as the Rangers are (amazingly) right in the thick of the playoff hunt. It's good to see Napoli reverting to what we came to expect of him during his Red Sox tenure. Maybe we can watch him again in the post-season.
The Republican Aug 24, 2015

How's Mike Napoli doing with the Texas Rangers? Former Boston Red Sox 1B batting .318 since trade

It's been 17 days since the Boston Red Sox traded Mike Napoli to the Texas Rangers. In the deal, he went from a team that's crashed and burned in 2015 to one that's surprisingly still in contention.
Grand Rapids Press Aug 23, 2015
Tigers' Blaine Hardy has impressive homerless streak snapped

Tigers' Blaine Hardy has impressive homerless streak snapped

Hardy had not allowed a home run since June 27, 2014, a streak of 84 2/3 innings, before Napoli crushed a changeup over the left field fence on Sunday. DETROIT -- Blaine Hardy knew but he didn't know. The Detroit Tigers' left-handed reliever had his streak of 84 2/3 innings without giving up a home run ended on Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mike Napoli, struggling at the plate this year but not void of any power, crushed a 1-2 changeup in the eighth inning that was up and out of the strike zone over the left-field fence to give the...
Over the Monster Aug 10, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval, Travis Shaw

Today's links look at the glorious continuation of David Ortiz' career, Mike Napoli's legacy in Boston, and Brock Holt's fatigue. It shouldn't surprise anyone, but David Ortiz is committed to returning next season. (ESPN Boston) And thank god for that. (Matt Kory; BP Boston) Meanwhile, the Red Sox are waiting for Pablo Sandoval to get back to hitting like they know he can. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) Mike Napoli had a rough 2015, and now he's playing in Texas. But he certainly made his mark on Boston. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com) Travis Shaw is looking to fill the hole left by...
How Rangers plan to use Mike Napoli in second stint with club

How Rangers plan to use Mike Napoli in second stint with club

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The Republican Aug 9, 2015
After Mike Napoli trade, Travis Shaw ready to step up for Boston Red Sox

After Mike Napoli trade, Travis Shaw ready to step up for Boston Red Sox

DETROIT - It would be a difficult task even for a veteran to replace what Mike Napoli meant to Boston. Travis Shaw can't replace the clubhouse presence or veteran guidance of Napoli, but he can be a solid defender at...
Boston Herald Aug 9, 2015
Travis Shaw takes shot at 1B with Mike Napoli gone

Travis Shaw takes shot at 1B with Mike Napoli gone

DETROIT — Travis Shaw is ready for his close-up, one he once doubted he would ever get if he stayed with the Red Sox.Shaw was drafted in the ninth round in 2011, Adrian Gonzalez’ first season as the Sox first baseman. A year later, just as Shaw moved up to Double A, Gonzalez was gone, traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But along came free agent Mike Napoli that winter, and all he did in 2013 was help lead the Red Sox to a World Series crown.Toiling away in the Arizona Fall League, Shaw couldn’t help but wonder when he might get his turn.

Texas Rangers send Ryan Rua down to make room for Mike Napoli

SEATTLE – The Rangers optioned little-used outfielder Ryan Rua to Triple-A Round Rock Saturday in order to make room for Mike Napoli on the active roster. Rua, who entered the season as the starting left fielder, has had just 65 …
Boston Herald Aug 8, 2015
Mike Napoli had his moments

Mike Napoli had his moments

DETROIT — Seven innings into Game 3 of the 2013 AL Championship Series, the Red Sox were locked in a scoreless staredown at Comerica Park. Up stepped Mike Napoli against Tigers ace Justin Verlander and out went the ball, 402 feet to left field, the only offense in a 1-0 win.If Napoli had a bigger hit in three seasons with the Sox, we didn’t see it.
The Republican Aug 7, 2015
Mike Napoli trade: Boston Red Sox send first baseman and cash to Texas Rangers for player to be named later or cash

Mike Napoli trade: Boston Red Sox send first baseman and cash to Texas Rangers for player to be named later or cash

DETROIT - The Red Sox officially announced a trade that sent first baseman Mike Napoli and cash considerations to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The trade was completed just before first pitch...
Fenway Nation Aug 7, 2015
Red Sox Trade Mike Napoli To Texas Rangers

Red Sox Trade Mike Napoli To Texas Rangers

Well, it finally happened. The Red Sox traded first baseman Mike Napoli to the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations and/or a player to be named later. Napoli previously played for the Rangers in 2011-12 and is still owed part of his $16 million salary—which Boston will likely help pay for.
The Republican Aug 7, 2015

Boston Red Sox trade Mike Napoli to Texas Rangers (report)

DETROIT - A few minutes before first pitch, Mike Napoli was scratched from the Red Sox lineup. Napoli was slated to bat sixth and play first and was in the clubhouse prior to the game in Detroit. According to WEEI.com's...
Over the Monster Aug 7, 2015

Red Sox trade Mike Napoli to the Rangers

The impending free agent and 2013 World Series champion is headed back to Texas to clear a roster space for the Red Sox. Mike Napoli was placed on waivers by the Red Sox after he wasn't dealt at the trade deadline, and it was only a matter of time before someone inquired on him. It turns out that the Texas Rangers, Napoli's former club, were that team, as according to WEEI's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have traded their first baseman. The return is unknown at this time. The Rangers are not yet out of contention, sitting just 2.5 games back of a wild card spot and 5.5 back in the AL West....
Full Count | WEEI Aug 7, 2015

Source: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli traded to Rangers

Mike Napoli, one of the heroes of the Red Sox 2013 World Series championship, was traded on Friday to the Rangers, according to multiple major league sources. There’s no word yet on what the Red Sox received in return, or how much of his prorated $16 million salary, if any, they’ll assume. A source said […]

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