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BoSox 1B Napoli returns to Boston for exam

BALTIMORE (AP) - Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has been sent back to Boston so doctors can examine him after an illness has kept him sidelined for several days.

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Napoli was pulled in the third inning of Thursday night's game against Baltimore. He has not played since.

Boston manager John Farrell said Saturday that Napoli is still experiencing ``some of the grogginess and the symptoms that he was feeling the other night.'' Napoli returned to Boston so team doctors can ``try to get more information on what he's dealing with.''

Farrell says: ``There's a pretty high level of confidence that he's not dealing with anything concussion-related.''

Napoli has reached base safely in 14 straight games and is batting .262 with nine homers. His 49 RBIs through Friday were tied for the team lead with David Ortiz.

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