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Talking Points: Rangers 6, Red Sox 3


Talking Points: Rangers 6, Red Sox 3

STAR OF THE GAME: Mike NapoliMike Napoli continued to crush Red Sox pitching. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored and four RBI. With the Sox leading by a run in the fourth inning, Napoli hit another two-run home run, giving the Rangers a lead they would not relinquish.It was Napolis seventh career home run at Fenway, the most of any ballpark for him behind only Angel Stadium, his former home ballpark, where he hit 54 home runs, and Rangers Ballpark, where he has hit 19. It was also his third two-run homer in the two-game set.Napoli added a two-run double in the Rangers three-run eighth-inning, putting the game out of hand for the Sox.
HONORABLE MENTION: Derek HollandHolland gave up a two-run home run to Dustin Pedroia in the second inning, but that was all the Red Sox would get off the Rangers left-hander. He allowed just four more baserunners after that, two on walks and two on hits, with Mike Aviles, lead-off single in the third, getting picked off.
THE GOAT: Bobby ValentineFor the second time in three games, Valentine arguably left a pitcher in too long. With the Rangers leading by a run, left-hander Franklin Morales entered to start the eighth inning. After getting Elvis Andrus to fly out, Morales gave up a single to left-handed hitting Josh Hamilton. With right-hander Matt Albers warming up in the pen, Valentine left Morales in to face four straight right-handed batters, all of whom reached base. Hamilton scored when Craig Gentry was hit by a pitch in his left ankle, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz scored on Mike Napolis double. Mitch Moreland, a left-handed batter, was intentionally walked by Morales. Albers then entered and got Brandon Snyder to ground into a double play to end the game.
TURNING POINTMike Napolis two-run home run in the fourth gave the Rangers a one-run lead, and that was all starter Derek Holland would need.
STAT OF THE DAY: .358Mike Napoli went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four RBI Wednesday. He is batting .358 (24-for-67) with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 20 games against the Red Sox since the start of the 2010 season.
QUOTE OF THE DAYSure, I was booing myself. It didnt work out. Manager Bobby Valentine, if he expected to get booed after leaving Franklin Morales in to face seven batters, giving up three runs, before lifting him for Matt Albers in the eighth.

Padres to interview Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis for open position


Padres to interview Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis for open position

BOSTON -- The coaching migration could begin soon.

Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis is to be in San Diego on Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. They have an open hitting coach position that Davis will interview for. Davis' reputation in the game remains excellent, despite some offensive drop-offs for key Sox players in 2017.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said all the Sox coaches under John Farrell have permission to seek jobs elsewhere.

"I’ve  talked to all the coaching staff members," Dombrowski said last week. "They’re all signed  for 2018. What I told them  is, first  of all, I think very highly of  them. They’re good people. They’re good baseball people. I would recommend  to our new manager any of them, it’s not a problem for me, but I do believe a new manager needs to have his own coaching staff in place within approval of us and making sure that there’s proper areas coached within the club. 

"Would grant permission for any club to talk to our personnel. I know they’re signed, but I wouldn’t want to stand in their way of getting a job somewhere else if that opportunity came up. Some of them could come back, but again, I’m going to wait until we get a manager and I won’t  stand in their way of interviewing elsewhere." 

Davis could eventually land on the interview circuit for manager, as well. 

Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?


Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?

The Patriots improve their record to 4-2 with a win over the Jets, but there are still a lot of concerning factors for New England. Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen talk about something the team isn't used to - close games.

Giardi also dives into whether there is a major problem with the locker room dynamic, and whether all the moves they made in the offseason were blown way out of proportion by the media and fans of the talent added, but didn't factor in the personalities they lost.

Koppen and Giardi also look at how the offensive line play has fallen off, despite the same personnel as last year. Finally, discussing the late scratch of Stephon Gilmore due to a concussion. Anything to read into the timing?