On Rangers' Calendar, 'Year of Napoli'

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Mike Napoli had not seen Joe Maddon’s calendar, so he had no idea just how good he’s become. “This is the Year of the Napoli, man,” Maddon said. That’s also news to 1.3 billion Chinese whose calendar says it’s the Year of the Rabbit. If they saw Monday night’s game between Tampa Bay and Texas, they’d know where Maddon is coming from.

David Price was finally pitching like the ace he’s supposed to be. He was shutting out the Rangers in the seventh inning. Then Mighty Napoli hit a two-run homer to put Texas ahead. A couple of very tense innings later, Texas had a 4-3 win and a 2-1 lead in the American League Division Series. The Rangers can’t flip the calendar on this series yet, but Game 3 usually decides these...

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