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Mike Napoli making first career start in outfield

Mike Napoli, Tony Beasley

Mike Napoli, Tony Beasley


It’s been difficult for the Rangers to find consistent offensive production from left field this season, so they’ll try something a little crazy on Sunday afternoon in Arlington.

Mike Napoli, a 33-year-old catcher turned first baseman, is getting his first-ever start in the outfield as the Rangers wrap up a three-game weekend series with the A’s. He’ll start in left and bat fifth versus A’s left-hander Felix Doubront.

This is not only Napoli’s first start in the outfield as a major leaguer -- it’s his first start in the outfield at any level of professional ball.

The veteran is batting .279/.354/.512 with three home runs in 20 games since returning to Texas.

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