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Video: Napoli Beaned, Homers into Fifth Deck in 7-Run 11th Inning for Red Sox

By on August 27, 2014 at 10:18am
After getting drilled in the helmet by a R.A. Dickey knuckleball, Mike Napoli follows through on his monstrous 451-foot home run at Rogers Centre. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) After getting drilled in the helmet by a R.A. Dickey knuckleball, Mike Napoli follows through on his monstrous 451-foot home run at Rogers Centre. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays started off reasonably well for Mike Napoli, with a first inning single that allowed him to eventually score on a double by Will Middlebrooks.

Then the game took a turn for the worse for the Red Sox first baseman, as he struck out swinging in the third, then was beaned by Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who uncorked a wild knuckler that struck Napoli in the brim of the helmet.

Ouch.

Napoli would ultimately get his revenge (though he would have to wait until extra innings to do so), when he unloaded on an 0-2 fastball from Toronto reliever Sergio Santos in the 11th inning for a three-run blast that gave the Red Sox a 9-4 lead at the time (good thing, too, as the Blue Jays came back to score three runs in the bottom of the frame). Oh, and did I mention his home run landed in the fifth deck at the Rogers Centre?

So that’s what 451 feet looks like…

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Xander Bogaerts striking out (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

There is no better literal representation for the headache of a season Xander Bogaerts has had for the Red Sox this year than the 89 mile-per-hour changeup the 21-year-old took off the head Friday night.

Bogaerts’ night at the plate said it all, really.  His first at-bat he crushed a Felix Hernandez pitch well over the Monster, but inches foul.  It was close enough for Manager John Farrell to challenge, but much like the Red Sox season as a whole, it didn’t go their way.  Bogaerts struck out later in the at-bat.

In his next time up, King Felix came up and in, beaming Bogaerts in the head and knocking his helmet off.  The one thing the rookie had going for him this season was his health, and now a trip to the 7 day concussion disabled list will change that. Continue reading Struggling Season Continues for Xander Bogaerts »

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Jon Lester (Ezra Shaw, Getty Images)

It’s been three weeks since the infamous Jon Lester trade that sent him and outfielder Jonny Gomes to Oakland for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, and the Red Sox starting rotation really hasn’t been the same since.

Lester, the team’s best starter and home grown talent, was dealt at the trading deadline in an attempt to bolster the lineup for next year.  Reports are saying that the team is planning to make a hard run at Lester in the off-season, but doing so would likely go against their relatively new philosophy that refuses to sign a pitcher over the age of 30 to a long term contract.

Will the Red Sox sign Lester?

Assuming the team sticks to their business model, Jon Lester will probably be pitching for one of the 29 other teams in baseball, and the Red Sox will rebuild their rotation without Lester for the first time in seven years.  Should they decide to break their previously stated plan, the team would likely be paying over $20 a year for at least five years to keep Lester, who turns 31 in January. Continue reading Red Sox Have Decisions to Make and Money to Spend this Off-Season »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 20's prediction for the World Series

August is nearing its end, and teams have less than a week to use the waiver wire to acquire new talent. Oakland is still having trouble with the Angels. Kansas City is still working on building a more permanent home atop their division. The NL Wildcard race is fairly stable, but still close and frantic. A lot could still happen in the last month or so of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as Monday, August 25, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 20 »

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Rusney Castillo (image: jaysjournal.com)

The Red Sox have reportedly signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a deal for 7 years, $72.5 million.. The Sox were well documented in being after the slugger, and after missing out on Jose Abreu, they won’t make the same mistake twice. Castillo might not be at the same level as Abreu or Yasiel Puig, but he’s an elite talent in the Cuban league and will bring a good combination of power and speed to the Major Leagues, not unlike trade deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes.

What does this mean for the team? For starters, it’s uncertain at this time when Castillo will arrive with the team. But things are looking bleak for Jackie Bradley Jr, who was optioned to Pawtucket last week. He was unable to produce at the Major League level and we might never see him in Fenway again. Continue reading Rusney Castillo signs with Red Sox for 7 years, $72.5 million »

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It’s been a lost season for the Red Sox, but the same can’t be said for the Angels, who have beaten the Red Sox three straight times and are in first place in the AL West.

THe third win in this stretch, though, was very costly, as the team lost its best pitcher, Garret Richards to a freak knee injury:

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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday. When asked by reporters about the move, he said he was “disappointed” in himself. The truth is the Red Sox should be disappointed in themselves for not handling this player better.

The mishandling of Bradley began last season when the Red Sox had him play in the first games against New York in April 2013.

Over a year ago, it all seemed to make sense. Bradley had a phenomenal 2013 Spring Training season, exceeding even the highest of expectations. Through the middle of March 2013, he was hitting .436/.551/.564 in 39 plate appearances. He was the talk of the town all month long.  All of the newspapers, radio and television broadcasters asked, ‘should the Red Sox wait and let him play in Pawtucket to ensure his maturity once he arrived at Fenway Park?’ or ‘should they bring him to the opening series in New York?’ When the first days of April arrived, Bradley was in a Red Sox uniform playing centerfield in the Bronx. Continue reading The Mishandled Career of Jackie Bradley Jr. »

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