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Napoli's Homer Helps Sox Beat Tanaka

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Masahiro Tanaka tossed a complete nine innings but took the loss as the Boston Red Sox beat New York 2-1 on Saturday night. Mike Napoli hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and cement the win.

Tanaka (11-3) battled hard with Red Sox starter Jon Lester (9-7), who pitched eight innings allowing just one run. Boston (37-44) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a David Ross homer and left the rest in the hands of their ace lefty. Lester struck out six in his eight frames before handing the ball over to Koji Uehara in the ninth.

The Yankees (41-38) tied things up in the home half of the third on a ground out from Derek Jeter. Both pitchers then battled inning-by-inning to maintain the deadlock. Lester held New York hitless until the sixth inning before giving up a single to Brett Gardner.

With Tanaka matching his counterpart, the game look destined for extras. Napoli, who had struck out in his previous two at-bats, took advantage of a mistake for his 10th homer of the season. It was just the third win in nine games for the defending World Series champs. Uehara earned his 17th save by throwing a perfect ninth inning.

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Red Sox Place First Baseman Mike Napoli on the DL

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox tough luck continued Sunday with the placement of first baseman Mike Napoli on the disabled list with finger injury.

The team was reluctant to make the move because he may not need the full 15 days to get healthy, but it allows them to keep an extra reliever on the team as their pen has struggled mightily lately.

Napoli has tried to play with a dislocated left ring finger since April 15 when he slid head-first into second base.

He attempted to play through the injury, but the team feels he needs some time to rest.

"It's impacted [him]," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "To what extent, it's hard to say, but ever since the injury it's pretty clear. He's not one to make excuses, but at the same time coming off the flu and everything he's dealing with, he needs at least a couple more days. This isn't a one-day thing; we're hopeful it's not 15."

In 43 games this season, Napoli is hitting .260 with 5 home runs and 22 RBIs.

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Red Sox Re-Sign First Baseman Mike Napoli to Two-Year Deal

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The beard is staying in Boston. After testing the free agent market, first baseman Mike Napoli has agreed to re-sign with the Boston Red Sox on a two-year deal worth $16 million.

In his first season with the Red Sox in 2013, Napoli endeared himself to the Red Sox faithful with his personality, clutch hits, and of course it helps when you help win a World Series.

Last offseason, the Red Sox and Naploli had agreed on a three-year deal worth $39 million. But after a physical revealed a hip condition, the team decided to give Napoli a one-year deal instead.

The move actually a blessing in disguise for Napoli. When all is said and done, Napoli will have earned $45 million from the Red Sox over three years, meaning his hip condition wound up making him an extra $6 million.

In 139 games for the Red Sox in 2013, the 32-year-old Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs while driving in 92 runs.

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Red Sox Make Qualifying Offers to Three Free Agents 

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The World Series champion Boston Red Sox are already working towards fielding a winning squad for the 2014 season.

The team extended qualifying offers of $14.1 million for one year to free agent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli, and shortstop Stephen Drew, general manager Ben Cherington announced on Monday.

Each player can choose to accept the offer and play 2014 with the one-year deal, or test free agency.  The Red sox did not extend an offer to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, which means another team can sign him without having to give up a draft pick.

Cherington wants to retain as many players from the 2013 team as possible, even though he understands the feat will be nearly impossible to accomplish.

"With all of our free agents there's interest in every one of them," he said. "I also think it's unlikely that every one of them will be back just because of the nature of the game, it's difficult to do that."

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Red Sox Edge Tigers 4-3, Lead ALCS 3-2

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Boston Red Sox are just one win away from advancing to the World Series after defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in Game 5 of the ALCS.

First baseman Mike Napoli continued to swing a hot bat, as he went 3-4 in the game, including a home run and a double.

Starting pitcher Jon Lester had a solid start, as he gave up two earned runs in 5.1 innings of work while striking out three batters.

Koji Uehara continues to be dominant in the closer's role. Uehara pitched 1.2 innings and gave up no hits and struck out two batters.

Because of the win, the Red Sox are on the verge of appearing in their third World Series in the past decade.

"Our guys are well aware of where we are," Red Sox manager John Farrell. "But at the same time, the beauty of them is to not get ahead of themselves, and that will be the case once that first pitch is thrown on Saturday."

While the Tigers are staring elimination in the face, they'll be more than capable of winning their next two games as they will send Max Scherzer to the mound for Game 6, while Justin Verlander would start Game 7.

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Lackey Deals Red Sox Past Tigers to Give Sox 2-1 Series Lead

Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- John Lackey pitches 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, no runs, no walks while striking out eight as he outpitches Justin Verlander and leads the Boston Red Sox  to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series Tuesday.

Boston now leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

"This game had the feel it was going to be won or lost on one pitch," Boston reliever Craig Breslow said. "Lackey kept us in the game. Every inning where he was able to throw up a zero gave us a lift."

It was lost on one pitch. In the seventh inning, Mike Napoli smacked a 3-2 fastball from Justin Verlander into the left field stands, scoring the only run of the game.

"He's tough. He was on his game tonight. He was keeping all of us off balance," Napoli said of Verlander. "I got to a 3-2 count and put a good swing on a pitch, was able to drive it."

Verlander may have been outpitched but that doesn't mean he pitched poorly. The right-hander pitched eight innings allowing four hits, one run, one walk while striking out ten. The run was the first Verlander has allowed in 23 innings this postseason.

"Obviously, it's tough, but you want to win every time you take the mound," Verlander said. "Obviously, to give my team a chance to win today, I would have had to throw up all zeros, and I wasn't able to do that. I wouldn't say it's frustrating, it's you know, I think you kind of expect that in this series. It's just kind of the way it's going to go. It's going to be a battle for every single out, every single run."

Game 4 is Wednesday in Detroit. Jake Peavy takes the mound for Boston and will be opposed by Doug Fister.

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Red Sox Win in First Game Since Marathon Tragedy

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Red Sox may have been in Cleveland but their hearts were in Boston.

Mike Napoli hit two doubles in a seven run, second inning, as the Red Sox handled the Cleveland Indians 7-2, Tuesday night.
The win comes a day after two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 170 people.  
In honor of the those impacted by the bombs, the Red Sox hung a jersey in their dugout with the word "Boston" above the numbers 617 (Boston's area code) and the word "Strong" below the numbers.                                                                      
"There out of sight right now but definitely not out of mind," Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes said. "How far will that jersey stretch I don't know. Just letting those people know we got a heavy heart over here. Today we had Boston across our chest we didn't have our own individual names. That being said, we're representing the whole community and the area."                                                                                                  
The Red Sox did their best as a team to prove as a distraction. Eight of the nine players in the starting lineup got on-base at least once, and starting pitcher Felix Dubront pitched five-innings, allowing two runs while striking out seven.                                                                                                                            
Even the Red Sox rivals the New York Yankees took part in honoring the victims. The Yankees played "Sweet Caroline," a song played before the bottom of the 8th inning during every game at Fenway Park, after the third-inning of their game Tuesday. 
The Red Sox (9-4) will play their first game in Boston since the bombings on Friday.

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Red Sox And C Mike Napoli Finalize A One-Year Contract

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox officially signed free agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli to a one-year deal on Tuesday. The deal is reportedly worth $5 million, according to The Boston Herald. The agreement could be worth $13 million if he meets certain health-based incentivies.

The 31-year-old Napoli originally agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the BoSox in early December, but that deal collapsed because of concerns over Napoli’s balky hip.

The former All-Star batted .227 with 24 home runs and 56 RBIs in 352 at-bats with the Texas Rangers last season.

To make room for Napoli on the 40-man roster, Boston designated right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter for assignment.

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ESPN: Red Sox Sign Mike Napoli to One-Year Deal

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox ended up with catcher Mike Napoli after all, but not the way they had hoped as he has singed a one-year deal with the team.

Napoli's deal will pay him a base salary of $5 million and could reach $13 million with incentives.

He had originally agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract until a physical revealed a hip problem. The team's medical concern grew with Napoli since he never disclosed the issue.

"I think it's good. I think there will be a time to talk about that more, but we tried and did have a consistent dialogue throughout the winter and a lot of conversations," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherrington said. "But I think there will be a chance to talk about that more hopefully soon."

One of the better power hitting catchers in baseball, Napoli belted 24 home runs and drove in 56 runs in 2012 for the Texas Rangers.

While Napoli batted just .227 last season, he has a .389 batting average against Boston, and had a .462 batting average at Fenway Park.

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Red Sox to Sign Shane Victorino 

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(NASHVILLE) --  The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino on a three-year, $39 million contract, according to ESPN.

The 32-year-old Victorino is a career .275 hitter with 90 home runs and 409 RBI in nine MLB seasons with the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

He was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers this past July.  He hit .255 with 11 home runs, 55 RBIs and a .704 OPS with both teams.

He is a three-time Gold Glove winner and is a natural center fielder, but he will most likely play rightfield next to Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

The terms of the contract are exactly the same as the deal given to free-agent first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli on Monday.

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