Notes: Napoli still hitting hard for Sox

Notes: Napoli still hitting hard for Sox
May 12, 2013, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON – The Red Sox had their share of hits Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays, recording 10 to Toronto’s 12. Mike Napoli accounted for three of them, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and RBI, and a home run. It was his seventh home run of the season, and first of the season since May 1 in Toronto.  He was a triple shy of the cycle.
 
It was the fourth game this season in which Napoli served as the designated hitter. Napoli, who was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips during the offseason, has appeared in all 38 of the team’s games this season. He is now batting .269 with a .537 slugging percentage and .327 on-base percentage. In the DH role he is now batting .421, going 8-for-19, with five runs scored, seven RBI, three doubles and two home runs.
 
Overall, he has 25 extra-base hits, including 17 doubles. His 25 extra-base hits are tied for the second-most ever by a Sox batter in the team’s first 38 games, trailing only Earl Webb’s 29 in 1931. Of his seven home runs this season, five have come against the Blue Jays.
 
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Immediately after the game, right fielder Shane Victorino was on his way to the hospital to be examined. Victorino crashed into the right field wall attempting to field Emilio Bonifacio’s two-run home run in the fourth inning. He lay on the warning track for several minutes, tended to by trainers with manager John Farrell looking on. Victorino stayed in the game, but left after the sixth inning.
 
But, manager John Farrell said, “Everything points to he being ready for Tuesday.”
 
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Catcher David Ross was put on the seven-day concussion disabled list before the game. Ross too several foul balls off his face mask in Saturday’s game, and began to feel  symptoms Saturday night, Farrell said. After Sunday’s game Ross said he thought he would be ok in  a couple of games. Ross said he suffered a concussion from catching once before, when he collided with Mike Cameron on a play at the plate in 2007.

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Sox batters continue to struggle with runners in scoring position. On Sunday, they were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight runners on base.  In all, they were 3-for-36 (.083) with runners in scoring position in the three-game series against the Jays, leaving 25 runners on. In the last 10 games, they are 2-8, going 13-for-79, batting .165 with runners in scoring position, stranding 73 runners.

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Sox pitchers allowed a season-high five home runs in the game. It was their most home runs they have allowed since giving up five on Aug. 31, at Oakland.  

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The Sox lost the series to the Jays, and have now lost three consecutive series for  the first time this season.

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Pedro Ciriaco entered the game as a defensive replacement at first base in the seventh inning. It was his first professional appearance – in either the minor leagues of major leagues – at first base. He has now played every defensive position in his career with the exception of pitcher and catcher. Ciriaco hit his first home run of the season, leading off the eighth, on the first pitch from Esmil Rogers. It was his third career home run and first since Aug. 26, 2012, against the Royals, a span of 152 at-bats.

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Right-hander Jose De La Torre made his major league debut in the ninth inning.  He faced five batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

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Stephen Drew’s fifth-inning steal of second base was his first steal since Aug. 25, 2012, while with the A’s, at Tampa Bay.

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Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Over his last eight games he is batting .469, going 15-for-32, with  two doubles, a home run, three RBI, six runs scored, and four walks, raising his average from .293 to .331. He hit safely in six of seven games on the homestand, and has reached safely in 22 of 23 games at Fenway this season, batting .381, going 32-for-84, with 15 walks.

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Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-5 in the game. In the Sox’ last 10 games, in which they are 2-8, he is 9-for-45, batting .200, with a double, a triple, one RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base. In that stretch, his average has dropped from .286 to .257.