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|Napoli, Pujols Swing Deep Into World Series Lore
|ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It happens every fall. Someone steps up _ maybe a monster talent like Albert Pujols, perhaps a good player like Mike Napoli given a chance when the stars align. Might even be a fringe guy.
A huge swing or two or three, a masterful job on the mound, a sparkling play in the field can do more than win a game. They can create a legacy that lasts forever "Mr. October.''
Pujols made the first big dent in this World Series, then it was Napoli's turn.
Bases loaded, eighth inning, tie game. A ballpark full of fans on their feet, "Nap-Oh-Lee'' flashing on the scoreboard, crowd chanting his name.
And did he deliver.
A booming double that put his Texas Rangers one win from their first championship, a gigantic hit that moved him closer to possibly becoming the Series MVP.
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