'Late bloomers' on time for Rangers

Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli combine forces to push Texas closer to World Series

Originally Published: October 12, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Mike Napoli spent the first 10 years of his professional career in the Angels' organization, establishing his credentials as a hitter and trying to dispel the notion that he's a liability behind the plate. At age 29, he's Exhibit A of the therapeutic effect of a fresh start.

Nelson Cruz broke in with the Mets' organization, drifted to Oakland and then Milwaukee, and earned a reputation as a big-swinging guy whose production might never quite match up with his tools. He's become ...

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