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Napoli Giving Rangers Extra Punch



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    ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers hits a two-run homerun in the top of the fifth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    The Texas Rangers weren't too fond of Mike Napoli when he was on the other side.

    But Napoli has fit right in with the Rangers' loaded lineup as Texas prepares to host the next three games in the World Series. Game 3 is Saturday night with the series tied at a game apiece after Texas rallied for a 2-1 victory at St. Louis in Game 2.

    Napoli joined the Rangers in January when he was traded for the second time in five days. After spending the first five seasons of his career with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, he had a breakout season to help Texas reach its second consecutive World Series.

    Napoli, who homered in Game 1 of the Series, hit a career-best .320 with 30 homers in the regular season.