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April 23, 2013

Napoli hits grand slam, Sox offense explodes against A's

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The Athletics made it interesting in the eighth, scoring three runs off reliever Clayton Mortensen — two on a double by Josh Donaldson and the other on Josh Reddick’s RBI double — before Junichi Tazawa escaped a two-on, one-out jam. Andrew Bailey worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Oakland had moved ahead 2-0 in the second when Doubront’s first wild pitch allowed a run. Reddick followed with an RBI single.

Boston cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half on Napoli’s RBI double.

NOTES: The Red Sox honored the Watertown, Mass., police officers that were in a gunfight with the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings late Thursday night. They were introduced and stood on top of Boston’s dugout after the fourth inning. ... Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Oakland is 11-2 versus the AL West, but 1-6 against other teams. ... Napoli and Bailey were named the AL’s co-players of the week. ... Red Sox manager John Farrell said before the game that closer Joel Hanrahan, on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring, “threw the ball well” in a 30-pitch bullpen. He’s expected to have another one Wednesday. ... Boston RHP John Lackey, on the 15-day DL with a strained right biceps, began a rehab assignment by throwing 3 2-3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and two walks for Double-A Portland. ... Boston’s Alfredo Aceves (1-0) is slated to face the A’s Bartolo Colon (2-0) on Tuesday.

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