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Fingers crossed on Napoli's foot

Updated: August 25, 2013, 2:37 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

LOS ANGELES -- All along, everyone thought it would be the hip.

Instead, it is the bottom of Mike Napoli's left foot that poses the greatest threat to his ability to play regularly in the season's final 32 games, and by extension, be a force in the middle of the Boston Red Sox's lineup as they try to hold off the Tampa Bay Rays in the final weeks of the season.

Napoli is suffering the effects of plantar fasciitis, an odd-sounding condition whose name, like the innocuous-sounding ...

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