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Nap-O-Li Haunts Cardinals Once Again

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Nap-O-Li Haunts Cardinals Once Again

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Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli reacts after a ground rule double in the third inning during Game 5 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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On Wednesday night, before the St. Louis Cardinals could even settle into the 2013 World Series, Mike Napoli had given the Boston Red Sox a lead that turned out to be good enough, sending the Cardinals into Game 2 on Thursday with a 1-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series.

If you remember, and I'm sure you do, Napoli torched the Cardinals in the 2011 World Series as part of the Texas Rangers, and pretty much had World Series MVP honors sewn up in Game 6 when it looked as though the Rangers had all but clinched the series on multiple occasions.

In that series, Napoli hit .350 with a 1.164 OPS, two home runs and 10 RBIs.

On Wednesday night, he picked up where he left off against the team that crushed his World Series dreams in 2011.

Napoli's bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first inning set the tone for the night and helped the Red Sox cruise to an 8-1 win to jump out to an early lead in the Fall Classic.

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