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Ranking The Red Sox Playoff Roster

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No. 9: Mike Napoli, 1B

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The beard that launched a thousand imitators (and one dead ringer, Gomes), Napoli on a hot streak can make a pitching staff regret they ever decided to work around Ortiz. He was in line for a World Series MVP in 2011 until the Rangers lost the last two games to the Cardinals; he has the pedigree to bid for another. -- Edes