The Cardinals and Red Sox are squaring off against one another yet again this year in the Fall Classic. While much of the spotlight will fall on marquis players like David Ortiz, a battle over a limited seven game sample such as this often boils down to X-Factors.
A trip back to Angel Stadium cures anything that might be wrong with Mike Napoli’s swing. Napoli homered twice in yet another impressive game against his former team, Yu Darvish struck out 11 over seven strong innings, and the Texas Rangers battered struggling Angels starter Ervin Santana for a 9-2 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday.
The Rangers and Angels already seem to be building a potentially epic rivalry in the American League West, and now that C.J. Wilson has switched sides, he seems to have upped the stakes a bit. Some, including myself, would say he went a bit too far.
Fifty-one years ago, Major League Baseball’s American League added two franchises, including the Washington Senators, who were replacing a team that went by that exact name from 1901-60 before moving to Minnesota and becoming the Twins. The Senators II did not inhabit the nation’s capital for nearly as long as their predecessor, however, re-branding as the Texas Rangers in 1972. Regardless of what they have been called, the Senators/Rangers had never reached the World Series until last season, when they lost to a Giants team that had gone title-less since 1954, when it called New York home.
Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.
Colby Lewis outpitched All-Star David Price, Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and the defending AL champions survived a shaky night from the bullpen to hold off the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Monday night in Game 3 of their postseason series.
Mike Napoli broke a tie in the ninth inning with his fourth homer in two games, and the Texas Rangers finally clinched home-field advantage in the AL division series with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Rookie Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer off Mike Adams in the bottom of the ninth and the Angels avoided a four-game sweep with a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Michael Young had three of the Rangers’ 17 hits and drove in three runs, and Texas opened its biggest AL West lead of the season with a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Jered Weaver won a riveting duel with fellow All-Star C.J. Wilson, and the Los Angeles Angels converted an error by Texas center fielder Endy Chavez into an unearned run, beating the Rangers 1-0 on Wednesday and moving within three games of the AL West leaders.
As confirmed by both teams, the Blue Jays and Rangers have pulled the trigger on a deal that sends catcher/DH Mike Napoli to Texas in exchange for reliever Frank Francisco and cash.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have dealt catcher Mike Napoli to the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Fox Sports.
ANAHEIM (AP) — Mike Napoli hit a grand slam, Hideki Matsui doubled in three runs and Howie Kendrick had four hits to help the Los Angeles Angels defeat Tampa Bay 12-3 on Wednesday and prevent […]