Napoli back in swing after a tough stretch

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LOS ANGELES — Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli revealed Saturday that he had an injection in his left foot a week ago that has alleviated much of the pain he was experiencing because of plantar fasciitis.

The question now is whether Napoli can be a productive player over the final 31 games of the season.

Napoli started at first base against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, his first time in the lineup since Aug. 16. He came into the game hitting .206 since July 1 with a .743 OPS and only .146 with a .543 OPS since Aug. 1.

Napoli’s first at-bat produced an RBI single on Saturday and finished 3 for 4. Given how his summer has gone so far, it was a good sign.

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