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Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli are both in the Rangers’ lineup

Oct 28, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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Barring a last-minute change Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli will start Game 7 tonight despite suffering what appeared to be pretty significant injuries last night.

Napoli rolled his ankle running the bases, but stayed in to catch the final eight innings and X-rays taken afterward were negative. Speed has never been part of Napoli’s game anyway, so handling the pain defensively figures to be the biggest issue for the series’ leading MVP candidate.

Cruz was double-switched out of last night’s game in the 11th inning after straining his groin, but he’ll join Napoli in trying to gut things out. He failed to make a play on a fly ball to right field that turned into David Freese‘s game-tying, two-run triple in the ninth inning, so Cruz’s mobility in the outfield will definitely be worth keeping an eye on.

Toss in Josh Hamilton‘s groin injury and Matt Harrison will want to do whatever he can to keep the ball on the ground all night.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    No matter who wins tonight, half of the guys on both rosters are likely going to glue their bodies together afterward.

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