TORONTO -- Brandon Snyder was given the start in left field for the Rangers in Wednesday's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
It was Snyder's first Major League start in the outfield. He played three times in left field late in games this season for the Rangers, but of his three previous starts this season, two were at first base and one was as the designated hitter.
Snyder was erratic in the outfield during Spring Training, but manager Ron Washington said that first-base coach Gary Pettis, who coaches the outfielders, cleared him to play.
"I think his routes will be better," Washington said. "I think he has a feel of what he has to do. We're comfortable with it, so that's why we put him out there."
Snyder, 25, bats from the right side and the Blue Jays started left-hander Ricky Romero, who actually fares better against right-handed hitters than lefties. Snyder was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI against Romero in his career.
Snyder was obtained from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations in the offseason. He was selected in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft by Baltimore in 2005. Over the past two seasons, with infrequent playing time with Baltimore, he played only at first base or DH.
The move paid immediate dividends when Snyder homered with two outs in the second inning. It was the first home run of his Major League career.
Rangers without Beltre, Hamilton in series finale
TORONTO -- The Rangers' lineup was again without third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Josh Hamilton for Wednesday's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Beltre has had problems with the artificial turf at Rogers Centre. He was the designated hitter in Monday's 4-1 win to protect his legs from the spongy turf. But he was sore the next day and appeared only as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's 8-7 loss.
Hamilton left Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays with a stiff back and missed the first two games of the series in Toronto.
Catcher Mike Napoli was in Wednesday's lineup at first base. He did not play in the ninth inning in Tuesday's loss because he had some blurring of his vision in his right eye. The blurring was gone after the game. Napoli was checked by a doctor on Wednesday morning, and the problem was diagnosed as an ocular migraine.
In another lineup change, shortstop Elvis Andrus made his second career start at designated hitter, with Alberto Gonzalez playing shortstop.
The starting lineup had all right-handed hitters against Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero.
• Catcher Mike Napoli has been charged with an error on the bunt by Colby Rasmus in the Blue Jays' three-run seventh inning on Tuesday. All three runs in the inning were unearned anyway because it began with an error by shortstop Elvis Andrus, his first in 55 games.
• In another scoring change from Sunday, Mitch Moreland was given a hit on what was originally scored a fielding error by Tampa Bay's Fernando Rodney.
• The Rangers have Thursday off in Cleveland before playing a three-game series against the Indians.
Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.