The Juice: Mike Napoli beats Yankees with homer in 11th, Matt Harvey rebounds from bad press

David Brown
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Mike Napoli of the Boston Red Sox personally had stranded seven runners Sunday night — striking out three times and hitting into an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning — along with hitting a three-run home run in the third against CC Sabathia. For his performance against the New York Yankees to be a net gain, Napoli needed to do something more.


Napoli connected in the 11th inning for a two-out, walkoff home run to center field against New York's Adam Warren in an 8-7 victory for the Red Sox. Napoli's charge capped a spirited, if not well-played contest that lasted 4 hours, 46 minutes. Boston had fallen behind 3-0 early, but took a 7-3 lead on Sabathia in the fifth before the Yankees rallied.

Rookie left-hander Drake Britton got out of a jam in the 10th to help the Red Sox improve to 60-40. On his 33rd birthday, Sabathia allowed seven runs and nine hits with two walks and two hit batters.

Live and learn, Matt Harvey: Harvey didn't like how he was portrayed in a recent magazine article that reported he wanted to model his dating life after that of Derek Jeter. He also didn't think the ESPN nude pictorial went as planned, either. "Embarrassed," he came out focused against the Phillies in his first post-All-Star start, striking out 10 in a 5-0 victory at Citi Field. Harvey allowed three hits and no walks over seven innings.

''I read the articles and obviously I was embarrassed by them. The way I was portrayed is not who I am and not the person who I am,'' Harvey said. ''I'll deal with it on the field and fortunately I was able to do it today.''


Brewers 1 Marlins 0 (13 inn.): The Marlins didn't score all weekend. The Marlins haven't scored in 37 innings! Thanks to Caleb Gindl's game-ending home run, the streak didn't extend any further. Yet. There's always today!

Pirates 3, Reds 2: Only allowing an infield single through six innings, lefty Jeff Locke still hasn't turned into a pumpkin. His sore back apparently is better, too. Homer Bailey struck out 12, but this is a tough game, man.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 3: Chris Archer looks terrific, and Tampa Bay has won 13 of 14. Boston's next, baby! The Blue Jays are still reeling.

White Sox 3, Braves 1: The Casper Wells acquisition finally pays off, as he prevents a tying two-run home run in the eighth, against Reed Johnson, in the only interleague action of the weekend.

Dodgers 9, Nationals 2: Matt Kemp returned to the lineup and hit a home run and double in the second inning to help his team sweep in D.C., but he also injured his ankle in the ninth.

Cardinals 3, Padres 2: "Nervous dad" Adam Wainwright did his thing for eight innings to help the Cardinals win for the ninth time in 12 games.

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 1: Avoiding the sweep and snapping a three-game losing streak, Arizona got the best of Madison Bumgarner.

Rockies 4, Cubs 3: Tyler Chatwood's lookin' good.

Orioles 4, Rangers 2: Chris Tillman leads a sweep in Texas.

''Chris does things the right way,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''Usually there's good karma when he pitches.''

And his chi is amazing, too. It vexes Ron Washington, though.

Athletics 6, Angels 0: 40-year-old Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout of the season.

''I've been trying to explain it all year and I can't,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said when asked how Colon is still able to pitch at such a high level in his 16th big league season.

Read into that what you will!

Indians 7, Twins 1: Justin Masterson with a no-hitter through six.

Mariners 12, Astros 5: King Felix Hernandez scattered four hits over six scoreless innings.

Tigers 4, Royals 1: Miguel Cabrera with homer No. 31.

"If this is the most he's going to have to deal with in his career, it's going to be smooth sailing.''

— David Wright on Matt Harvey's media trouble

• Cliff Lee has allowed seven home runs over his past two starts.

• Lyle Overbay made eight outs in six at-bats, twice hitting into double plays for the Yankees.

• Colon's ERA is 2.52.

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