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Monday, April 21, 2014
Napoli sore, but back in the lineup

By Tony Lee, Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is in his customary cleanup spot Monday morning after taking a pitch off his left knee in the ninth inning Sunday night.

Napoli was in a lot of pain after the delivery by Baltimore Orioles right-hander Darren O’Day hit him with one out in the midst of Boston’s game-winning rally. With a quick turnaround before the traditional 11:05 a.m. start on Patriots’ Day in Boston, Napoli did not have much time to recover.

“We were anxious to see how he was going to respond this morning, but walking around after the game last night he was moving, remained loose,” manager John Farrell said. “So while there was soreness, he’s ready to go.”

Farrell acknowledged that it did not look good initially, seeing his slugging first baseman crumpled over in pain.

“The way he went down it didn’t look promising. You could hear it in the dugout. It was clearly on the bone. Once he got some feeling back, while the soreness was there, he was good to continue,” Farrell said.

Napoli remained in the game and the Sox won it two pitches later when Dustin Pedroia scored on a throwing error by Orioles left fielder David Lough. It was the second physical issue in less than a week for Napoli, who missed a game after dislocating a finger in Chicago on Tuesday.