Torrealba beginning to swing hot bat

Torrealba beginning to swing hot bat

ARLINGTON -- Yorvit Torrealba went 3-for-4 on Friday night to raise his June batting average to .389. And he just missed a home run in his final at-bat that would have put his average this month over the .400 mark.

Torrealba has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games to raise his average to .267. Torrealba's batting average is at its highest point since May 3, when the catcher was batting .277.

"Early in the season, I was in between on my offense and my defense," Torrealba said.

Manager Ron Washington said it's all a process of time learning the American League and the work Torrealba has put in the cages. Torrealba has a career .257 batting average and has always shown some pop in his bat -- he has hit at least seven home runs in three different seasons.

"He has a track record for swinging the bat," Washington said. "I don't think [Torrealba's slow start] could have lasted all year."