Napoli, 34, who signed a free-agent contract with the Indians in September, is still the new guy in the clubhouse. But that doesn't mean he can't develop into a leader as his hard-nosed approach isn't going unnoticed.
"When you go do your job the right way, you work hard and you bring people with you and you help hold them accountable, that's leadership," Francona said. "I'm sure as you grow comfortable in your new surroundings, it's easier."
• Michael Brantley, who took batting practice on the field for the first time Friday as he works his way back from right shoulder surgery, got through the session without any setbacks and was scheduled to take batting practice again on Saturday.
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