Napoli returns to Red Sox's lineup for Game 1 vs. Rays
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jun 18, 2013
After missing three games due to illness, Mike Napoli was back in the Red Sox's lineup batting fifth and playing first base in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Rays on Tuesday. "Mike Napoli has obviously improved to the point of being in the lineup today," manager John Farrell said. The Red Sox had lost four of six, including two of a three-game series at Tampa Bay last week. David Ortiz drove in three runs and the Boston Red Sox opened a day-night doubleheader by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Tuesday in a game delayed nearly three hours by rain. Mike Carp, who left Sunday's game with a cramp in his right hamstring, was not in the lineup for Game 1, but Farrell said he'll be available for the night game. The opener ended after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start time for the nightcap by that point, with little turnaround time, Game 2 were already wandering into Fenway Park.