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Moreland's tooth issue keeps him out of lineup

Moreland's tooth issue keeps him out of lineup

Moreland's tooth issue keeps him out of lineup
MINNEAPOLIS -- First baseman Mitch Moreland was out of the lineup for a second straight game while dealing with a painful abscessed tooth. Moreland will fly back to Dallas on Sunday night and undergo oral surgery on Monday. He is expected to rejoin the Rangers on Tuesday in Boston.

"He still had another rough night," Washington said. "We've got to get that taken care of."

Mike Napoli started at first base, with Yorvit Torrealba at catcher and Michael Young at designated hitter. Washington considered giving Nelson Cruz a day at designated hitter, but he decided against it with the Rangers off on Monday.

Washington also decided against using Brandon Snyder at first base after he went 3-for-4 on Saturday. Washington wanted Torrealba behind the plate and he wants Napoli to get some at-bats. Napoli went into Sunday's game in a 2-for-20 slump.

"We've got to get Napoli going," Washington said. "He needs to get at-bats. He's in between on his timing. He's between being on time and being late. It's timing, and the only way to correct that is to see at-bats."

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