Napoli keys Red Sox win over Tigers in Game 5

Boston Red Sox centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury can't make a diving catch on a ball hit by Detroit...

Boston Red Sox centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury can't make a diving catch on a ball hit by Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante during the sixth inning of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

To get the best of Mike Napoli, the Boston Red Sox know they have to live with the worst.

They have seen the entire Napoli spectrum, warts and all, in this American League Championship Series, done the math and know absolutely they wouldn’t be leading the series 3-2 without him as they head back to Fenway Park this weekend to try to finish it off.

In Thursday’s fifth game, Napoli smashed a massive second-inning home run that travelled 450 feet to dead centre field at Comerica Park to set the tone in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Napoli also doubled and scored in the third and singled in the fifth.

This, after delivering the only run of the game on another home run in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory. Tuesday he victimized Justin Verlander and Thursday it was Anibal Sanchez, two of the best pitchers in the league.


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