Red Sox 6, Angels 1

Mike Napoli's power surge continues as Red Sox win again

Boston, Massachusetts -- 5/24/2015-- Boston Red Sox Mike Napoli (R) celebrates with Rusney Castillo (C) and Xander Bogaerts after hitting a two run home run against the LA Angels during the second inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts May 24, 2015. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: RedSox-Angels Reporter:

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The Red Sox first baseman had a two-run homer and a two-run double to lead Sunday's victory.

Red Sox notebook

// Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino goes back on disabled list

It’s a left calf injury this time; the Sox selected utilityman Jeff Bianchi from Pawtucket to fill in.

// Wade Miley focused on the here and now

The Red Sox lefthander allowed just four hits in eight innings to even his record at 4-4.

Sunday’s Baseball roundup

// Sunday’s roundup: Brian Dozier powers Twins past White Sox, 8-1

He hit two home runs as surging Minnesota improved to 15-6 in May.


// Shades of Tim Wakefield seen in knuckleballer Steven Wright

John Farrell praised Wright’s effort Saturday and also made mention of his calmness on the mound.


// Is switch-hitting a lost art?

A lot of lefthanded pitchers have reverse splits. They’re better against righthanded hitters than they are against lefthanders.

Mike Napoli was a happy man upon returning to the Red Sox dugout following his solo home run in the second inning.

Red Sox 8, Angels 3

Mike Napoli’s two homers power Red Sox

The long-slumping first baseman went deep to left field twice as the Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak.

In many ways this season has been anguish for Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox, as they had combined to hit .203 with runners in scoring position and .197 vs. lefties going into Saturday’s play.

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Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Trying times for Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis

Davis, a three-time world champion, said the team’s offensive struggles are tough because “we all want to win.’’

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

// Red Sox picking up pace, but still among baseball’s slowest teams

MLB’s pace of play initiatives have been working, with only two teams averaging longer game times in 2015.

Red Sox notebook

// Red Sox GM Ben Cherington needs to decide next move

The Red Sox went into Saturday producing the American League’s second-worst batting average and its third-fewest runs.

// Baseball roundup: Pirates pound Matt Harvey

While A.J. Burnett threw seven effective innings for Pittsburgh, the Mets’ ace gave up seven runs over four innings.


// Angels clobber Red Sox in series opener

Los Angeles scored nine times in the fifth inning and Sox starter Rick Porcello was charged with seven runs.