Notes: Night after HR, Napoli sits

Notes: Night after HR, Napoli sits
August 15, 2013, 8:15 pm
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TORONTO -- Hitting a two-out, two-run game-tying homer in his next-to-last at-bat Wednesday night wasn't enough to get Mike Napoli back into the lineup 24 hours later.

Napoli was on the bench as the Red Sox played the final game of  their series with the Blue Jays. Daniel Nava got the start at first base instead, as Napoli, who had been 0-for-16 before the two-run homer Wednesday, sat.

"The decision (had) been made for this to be a down day for him,'' explained John Farrell, who had hinted Wednesday that Nava and Mike Carp
might get some additional playing time at Napoli's expense. "We're going to get in [to Boston] at 3 in the morning. We've got another left-hander in [Andy] Pettitte on the mound against us [Friday] night. We're just trying to balance the schedule.

"We've got a challenging 10 days ahead of us and we're trying to keep everyone involved as best we can and find matchups where it might
make the most sense,'' Farrell said.
     
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The Sox host the Yankees in a weekend series starting Friday night, with Alex Rodriguez in the Yanks' lineup.
     
Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game suspension for suspected PED use, but Farrell said the Sox don't have an issue with A-Rod's participation in games.
     
"He has every right to appeal it, which he is,'' said Farrell. "We know he's going to be in the lineup and we'll prepare accordingly. The process he's going through is well within his rights. It's there for a reason and you can't argue that.
     
[Rodriguez] being on the field is out of our hands. Until completely proven guilty, this is what we're dealing with.''
     
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The Red Sox have a tough travel turnaround coming Sunday night-Monday. They play an 8 p.m. ESPN game with the Yankees, and then have to leave for a six-game West Coast trip which begins in San Francisco the next night.
     
Ordinarily, the team would fly out immediately after the Sunday night game and arrive in the Bay Area very early Monday morning.
     
But Farrell, who has consulted with some sleep experts at Harvard, has decided the team will be better served by leaving Monday morning at
10 a.m., getting them to San Francisco just hours before they're due at  the ballpark.
     
The thinking is that a regular sleep cycle at home will provide the players with better rest.