Red Sox interested in Mike Napoli

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Red Sox interested in Mike Napoli

The Red Sox are in the market for a first baseman, and they appear to be zoned in on one in particular.

Mike Napoli was not given a qualifying offer by the Rangers, and is therefore a free agent.

Last year was a bit of a down year, as Napoli hit just .227. But in 19 games at Fenway Park, Napoli is a .306 hitter with seven home runs and 17 RBI. He's also got an OPS of 1.106

Sean McAdam was on SportsNet Central to talk about the Sox interest.

"I think they're quite serious and I think they have been since the end of the season where he was a guy that they had targeted as someone who could come in and play first base and perhaps catch some He has that right handed pull power swing and an OPS of more than 1.000 in his career appearances here in Fenway so it seems like a very good fit indeed and as I said no surprise that the Red Sox are very curious about him."

Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

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Sunday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Boston needs the good Buchholz to show up

Clay Buchholz hopes ot lead off the afternoon game better than his last start, where he game up a home run and double to leadoff the game against Chicago.

The righty has a career 4.10 ERA against Texas in 41.2 innings pitched against Texas with a 1-5 record.

Unfortunately for Boston, Buchholz is even worse at Globe Life Park. The righty is 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in 21.2 at the Rangers home field.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Ryan LaMarre LF
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Clay Buchholz RHP

RANGERS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Bryan Holaday C
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Martin Perez LHP