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Napoli getting first career start in left field today

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With lefty Felix Doubront starting for Oakland, Mike Napoli is getting his first career start in left field today

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With the Rangers desperate to increase their productivity against lefties, particularly after struggling against LHP Sean Nolin yesterday, Jeff Banister has decided to keep both Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder in the lineup, while starting Mike Napoli in left field.  It will be his first career start in left field, and is the sixth different starting left fielder the Rangers will have used in the last nine games.

The lineup:

DeShields -- CF

Choo -- RF

Beltre -- 3B

Prince -- DH

Napoli -- LF

Moreland -- 1B

Elvis -- SS

Odor -- 2B

Gimenez -- C

Chi Chi Gonzalez gets the start for the Rangers.