EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 23, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NAPOLI HAS AVN

The Red Sox officially announced the Mike Napoli one-year deal yesterday.

The original three-year deal he received on the first day of the Winter Meetings was shortened to one year because Napoli’s MRI revealed he has avascular necrosis in both his hips.

Avascular necrosis, also known as osteonecrosis or AVN, “is a bone death caused by poor blood supply to the area. It is most common in the hip and shoulder, but can affect other large joints such as knee, elbow, wrist and ankle,” according to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

Former NFL and MLB star Bo Jackson suffered avascular necrosis, and his hip eventually was replaced with an artificial one.

“As of now, I don’t have any symptoms from it,” Napoli said. “I’m on medication to help me get through it. I haven’t had any symptoms from it. I played with it last year and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to be there Opening Day and be a starter Opening Day.”

Napoli, who has caught the majority of his career, will be the Red Sox primary first baseman heading into spring training.

“The more reps I get over there, the better I know I can be,” Napoli said. “It definitely is going to be a lot easier on my body, you know, being on first base — physically, mentally. So I’m confident that I can stay healthy all year.”

RAISMAN’S BRO

Olympic gymnast gold medalist Aly Raisman has a brother Brett Raisman who plays hockey for Needham High School.

Raisman was at the Bruins game both Saturday and again Monday. She took part in the ceremonial puck drop Monday and met with the Boston media afterward.

CARTER-WILLIAMS ON FIRE

Michael Carter-Williams of Hamilton is a big reason the Syracuse basketball team is ranked No. 3 in the country and knocked off then-No. 1 Louisville on Saturday in Louisville.

After the Orange’s most recent game — a win over Cincinnati on Monday — Carter-Williams led the nation in assists per game (9.3) and was fourth in the nation in steals per game (3.2).

The 6-6, 185-pound point guard is averaging 12.1 points per game.

MEET RED SOX PLAYERS

Red Sox outfielders Jonny Gomes, Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava as well as catcher David Ross will tour Boston tomorrow, visiting sites Bunker Hill, Beacon Hill, Copley Square and Kenmore Square. Fans can ask for autographs and take photos.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

7-8 a.m. — Wally the Green Monster and Red Sox front office members serve hot chocolate and donuts from the Dunkin’ Donuts truck in Copley Square Plaza.

8-9 a.m. — Players join the Dunkin’ Donuts truck in Copley Square Plaza.

9:15-11 a.m. — Players board Old Town Trolley and travel to Charlestown and visit the Bunker Hill Monument and the U.S.S. Constitution.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Players travel to the Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall via Old Town Trolley.

1 -2 p.m. – Players board the MBTA Green Line and travel to Kenmore Square.

BBWAA DINNER

The Boston chapter for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will have its 74th annual dinner tomorrow at the Westin Copley. Tickets remain on sale through 11:59 p.m. today on www.sportsmuseum.org and also can be purchased by calling 617-624-1237.

Several will be honored, including Daniel Nava who is the winner of the team’s Comeback of the Year Award.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is the winner of the Greg Montalbano Minor League Award. Terry Francona will be presented the Judge Emil Fuchs Award. Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter will be honored as Manager of the Year. Will Middlebrooks will receive the Harry Agganis Award, which goes to the Red Sox Rookie of the Year.

ROUND II

The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins play for the second time in four days today with a game at Madison Square Garden.

The Bruins won the first matchup 3-1 on Saturday and have a 2-0 record on the young season — also winning 2-1 over Winnipeg in a shootout Monday at home.

The Rangers, meanwhile, are off to an 0-2 start. After losing in Boston on Saturday night, they lost 6-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home Sunday night.