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Mike Napoli puts off Red Sox strikeout record

Three pitches into his first at-bat, Mike Napoli was staring down the barrel of the kind of history no one wants to be a part of.

He was down, 1 and 2, to Yankees lefthander CC Sabathia after watching a sinker barely graze the outside of the strike zone and then passing on a belt-high slider.

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