Slumping Napoli out of lineup

Mike Napoli is not in Boston’s lineup tonight. Mike Carp is at first. This is becoming a big issue for the Red Sox when you consider how well Carp has been hitting in limited opportunities and the fact that Napoli’s bat has gone ice-cold since his grand slam homer at Yankee Stadium the night of June 1.

In his last 74 at-bats, Napoli is hitting .230 with one double, no homers and 10 RBIs.

In Napoli’s first 212 at-bats of the season, he hit .269 with nine homers, 44 RBIs and an .846 OPS.

The Red Sox need Napoli’s production from the right side, particularly because of the protection he can give David Ortiz in the lineup.

Napoli was out before today’s game taking extra batting practice. This is definitely a story to monitor in the coming weeks.

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