By Dave Sheinin April 25 (Washington Post) -- BOSTON – On the day he would put on the pinstripes for the first time, at his introductory news conference at Yankee Stadium, pitcher Masahiro Tanaka arrived at the airport in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which he had chartered from Tokyo for $195,000. It could accommodate 200 passengers, but on that day held only six: Tanaka, his pop-star wife, a trio of representatives and a brown poodle named Haru. For New York Yankees fans, the only appropriate response was a roll of the eyes and a pointed question: Is this guy too soft to cut it here? The answer, four games into Tanaka's major league career, arrived in the fourth inning Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox had just cut a four-run lead in half with back-to-back, one-out homers, the first a 482-foot moon-shot by David Ortiz that featured a pimp-job pose-and-stroll by the burly slugger, the second a screaming missile by Mike Napoli that was
The Boston Red Sox signed former Texas Rangers catcher and first baseman Mike Napoli to a three- year, $39 million contract, MLB.com said, adding a slugger who’s hit a combined 54 home runs over the past two Major League Baseball seasons.
Mike Napoli belted a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to an 8-7 win over the New York Yankees and a third series win against their division rivals this season.
Mike Napoli hit a three-run double and Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox won the opening game of Major League Baseball’s World Series 8-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Napoli hit a home run and scored on a wild pitch to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 win against the Detroit Tigers that moved them within one win of advancing to Major League Baseball’s World Series.