Mike Napoli made his Boston Red Sox spring training debut on Friday night and by all accounts things went fine.
It was actually pretty funny that he was tested in every way possible during the first inning. Almost like it was scripted.
Napoli was tested by the Pittsburgh Pirates first batter of the game, Darren Ford, who pushed a bunt down the line. Napoli was able to scoop it up and beat him to bag.
So if we were worried about Napoli's running ability due to his hip condition, I don't think we need to worry right now.
Today, the Red Sox make the short trip across Ft. Myers to take on their crosstown rivals the Minnesota Twins in the first game of the coveted Mayor's Cup.
First pitch is schedule for 1:05 p.m. and you can listen to the game on WEEI Radio Network. If you have the MLB At-Bat app or a RSN membership, you'll be able to listen to the game using the GameDay audio feature.
|1. Shane Victorino||RF||1. Joe Benson||CF|
|2. Ryan Sweeney||LF||2. Jamey Carroll||2B|
|3. Will Middlebrooks||3B||3. Joe Mauer||C|
|4. Lyle Overbay||1B||4. Justin Morneau||1B|
|5. J.C. Linares||DH||5. Josh Willingham||LF|
|6. Mitch Maier||CF||6. Ryan Doumit||DH|
|7. Chris Parmelee||C||7. Dan Butler||RF|
|8. Jose Iglesias||1B||8. Eduardo Escobar||3B|
|9. Jonathan Diaz||2B||9. Pedro Florimon||SS|
|Clay Buchholz||SP||Kyle Gibson||SP|
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Get ready for Jackie Bradley [boston herald]
Farrell family affair [boston herald]
Rubby looking like gem [boston herald]
Ortiz to be ready to play next weekend? [clubhouse insider]
Another strong Grapefruit League outing for Lester [csn new england]
Farrell on how he he'll change culture in Sox clubhouse [csn new england]
Napoli tested right away in Red Sox's debut [csn new england]
Notebook: De La Rosa impressive again [csn new england]
Will Middlebrooks back in starting lineup following wrist scare [csn new england]
Red Sox notes: Buchholz scheduled to go two innings [csn new england]
Takeaways: Sox 5, Bucs 2; Napoli A-OK [espn boston]
Smooth debut for Napoli [espn boston]
Sox will stick to gradual plan for De La Rosa [espn boston]
A busy first night for Mike Napoli [extra bases]
De La Rosa dominant, but he's not ready yet [extra bases]
Red Sox coverage in today's Globe [extra bases]
Salty (lower back) gets another day off [extra bases]
Mike Napoli gets tested immediately — and passes [full count]
Daniel Bard’s appearance pushed back [full count]
Red Sox pitching schedule through Thursday [projo sox blog]
De La Rosa impressive, but still likely bound for minors [projo sox blog]
John Farrell and sacrifice bunts [projo sox blog]
De La Rosa an early standout in camp [redsox.com]
Farrell already sees a difference in Lester [redsox.com]
Middlebrooks gets another day to rest wrist [redsox.com]
Buchholz set for Saturday debut against Twins [redsox.com]
Aceves has been 'model citizen' in camp [redsox.com]
Brentz could see action with Red Sox this spring [redsox.com]
Breslow to start throwing program on Saturday [redsox.com]