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For a guy who hit .320 with 30 homers this season, Mike Napoli wasn't too offended with his position in the Texas Rangers' batting order. Actually, he wasn't offended at all. He just took a long look at the lineup card for Sunday night's Game 4 of the World Series and assumed his manager, Ron Washington, had a reason for making him one of the most spectacularly overqualified No. 8 hitters in this or any other postseason. "I kind of figured they didn't want lefty-lefty," he said, "what with the way Tony uses his bullpen." Tony would be Tony La Russa, of course, the master strategist who manages the Cardinals. Napoli -- traded from the Angels even up for Frank Francisco, in what turned out to be the most lopsided deal of the year -- would hit between the lefty David Murphy and the lefty Mitch Moreland. "I don't mind," he said after striking the biggest blow in the Rangers' 4-0 win, a three-run homer that backed pitcher Derek Holland's gem. "I'm going to have the same approach as i...
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