MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli emerged from one of the most epic slumps of his career to be named the American League's Player of the Week on Tuesday.
"That's what kept me going. I knew I was one swing away, one at-bat away, one pitch away that I can turn things around and feel good in the box," said Napoli. "I've been through a slump before. I kept working, I kept grinding, and I stayed positive through the whole thing. I'm going to do my best to maintain this feeling every day and hopefully be able to contribute and do my part for a while."
Ian Browne is the Red Sox beat reporter for MLB.com. He has been covering the club since 2002.
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