Mike Napoli still swinging a hot bat for Red Sox

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Jonny Gomes likes to say that there are two players in major league baseball who do not struggle for prolonged stretches. One is the American League MVP. The other is the National League MVP.

“The rest of us? We all hit peaks and valleys,” Gomes said. “Ideally, we’d all like to be hot. But what makes a winning team is when one guy cools off, another carries the load. We all take turns. Right now, it’s Nap’s turn.”

Indeed, Boston’s No. 5 hitter, Mike Napoli, is hot. With a home run and a double in Wednesday night’s 5-1 loss to the Rays, Napoli provided most of the Red Sox’ offense.

The Sox tallied five hits, Napoli accounted for two.

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