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Both managers were looking for ways to generate offense in Sunday night’s Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park so the Tigers’ Jim Leyland benched shortstop Jose Iglesias for Jhonny Peralta and the Red Sox’ John Farrell benched Daniel Nava and Mike Napoli for Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp.
Think about the Napoli decision for one second.
Napoli is the righthanded power hitter the Red Sox acquired to hit long homers at Fenway Park. Yet in Game 2 of the ALCS he wasn’t in the lineup. Napoli entered Sunday night’s game hitting only .125 in the postseason with no homers and 1 RBI. He was red-hot in September, but the layoff has cooled him off considerably.