Mike Napoli returns to Red Sox starting lineup

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Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com has the Red Sox lineup for tonight’s game against the White Sox in Chicago:

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was removed from Tuesday’s game after he injured his left ring finger when he dove head-first into second base after advancing on a wild pitch. Fortunately for the Red Sox, he only suffered a dislocation and not a fracture. He’s back in action after missing just one game.

By the way, Koji Uehara is also expected to be available for Boston tonight. The 39-year-old right-hander hasn’t appeared in a game since coming down with some shoulder soreness last Friday, but tests ruled out any structural damage and he hasn’t had any issues during recent throwing sessions.

Report: Nationals to interview Alex Cora for managerial position

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.

Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.

Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.