Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had himself a day in Sunday’s series finale against the Athletics. In the top of the third inning, Napoli stole home to put the Red Sox up 4-1. In the fifth, Napoli hit a solo home run to right-center to make it 5-1.
According to Jon Shestakofsky, manager of media relations and baseball information for the Red Sox, Napoli is the first Red Sox player to homer and steal home in the same game since Rico Petrocelli on September 9, 1967.
Here’s video of Napoli swiping home:
Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.