BOSTON -- First baseman Mitch Moreland was back with the Rangers on Tuesday after spending Monday in Dallas undergoing oral surgery. Moreland had an infected abscessed tooth, and he'll still need more dental work later, but he is ready to play again. He missed both Saturday and Sunday because of the problem.
"I'm so much better. It was a rough few days," Moreland said. "I probably got five hours sleep total in two days, but I feel 100 percent better. I slept great last night."
Moreland was not in the lineup on Tuesday. Manager Ron Washington decided to give Moreland an extra day with left-hander Jon Lester on the mound for the Red Sox. Mike Napoli started at first base for the second straight game, but Washington said Moreland will be back at first base on Wednesday against right-hander Josh Beckett.
Napoli went into Tuesday's game 5-for-9 with a home run in his career against Lester. Moreland has never faced him. Moreland is 2-for-5 with a home run against Beckett. Napoli will likely be behind the plate on Wednesday and again on Thursday when Yu Darvish pitches against the Tigers.