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Kozma starts, Napoli sits today

Utility infielder Pete Kozma gets a rare start today behind Yu Darvish in the series finale

Texas Rangers v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Texas is looking to go for the sweep against the Mariners this afternoon, and Jeff Banister is shifting his lineup around, giving utility man Pete Kozma a start, while Mike Napoli gets a day off. Napoli was reportedly not available to speak to reporters after yesterday’s game, which leads me to wonder if this is a regular day off, or if Napoli’s back (or something else) is causing issues.

The lineup:

Choo — RF

Elvis -- SS

Mazara -- LF

Beltre — DH

Odor — 2B

Gomez — CF

Gallo -- 1B

Chirinos — C

Kozma — 3B

Yu Darvish is on the mound for Texas.