Notes: Napoli continues assault on Yankees

Notes: Napoli continues assault on Yankees
September 16, 2013, 2:15 am
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BOSTON – The Red Sox went after Mike Napoli last offseason because of the kind of offensive damage they knew he could do. If he could put up some impressive numbers against the Yankees, so much the better.
 
Napoli did not disappoint.
 
In 16 games against New York this season, he hit .375, going 21-for-56, with seven home runs, including two grand slams, and 20 RBI. His RBI total leads all major leaguers while his home runs are tied with Baltimore’s Chris Davis and Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria for the most by any player against the Yankees this season. The only Red Sox batter with more home runs against the Yankees in one season was Jimmie Fox with eight in 1936.
 
In his career, Napoli entered the game batting .303 with a .402 on-base percentage and .638 slugging percentage, for a 1.040 OPS in September and October. Those numbers for the first 15 days of this month are: .424, .558, .909, for a whopping 1.467 OPS.
 
But Napoli was not around at the end of the Sox 9-2 win. He was ejected by home plate umpire Ron Kulpa when he was called out on strikes to end the seventh inning. It was the first ejection in Napoli’s eight big league seasons.
 
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The Sox improved to 92-59, for a winning percentage of .609, the best record in the majors. They are a season-high 33 games above .500, their most games over .500 since ending the 2004 season at 98-64, 34 games above .500

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This was the Sox ninth series sweep of the season and seventh at Fenway.

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The Sox went 13-6 against the Yankees. The 13 wins are the most by any team against  the Yankees in a season since the 1976 Orioles  went 13-5, and the most by the Sox since the ’73 team went 14-4. The Sox outscored the Yankees 120-85 this season.

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With three double plays, the Sox matched their season high for the eighth time.

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Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI, matching his career high with four hits for the fifth time, and third time this season.
 
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia stole home as part of a double steal in the fourth inning. It was the Sox second steal of home this season. He was the 1st Red Sox catcher to steal home since Gary Allenson did it as part of a double steal on  Aug. 24, 1980, at Seattle. It is the Sox first season with multiple steals of home since 1999, when they had two. Entering Sunday no team had multiple steals of home this year.

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Xander Bogaerts stole second base in the fourth inning, as part of the double steal with Saltalamacchia. It was his first career stolen base.