Napoli carries impressive catcher's ERA

Napoli carries impressive catcher's ERA

TORONTO -- Mike Napoli went into Sunday's game with a catcher's ERA of 2.37. That's the lowest in the American League for a catcher with at least 25 games caught, while Yorvit Torrealba was two runs higher at 4.38.

But manager Ron Washington said that's not going to change the way he uses his catchers. Torrealba is still the No. 1 catcher and Napoli, who has started 30 games, will continue to alternate between there, first base and designated hitter.

"I've got two pretty good ones," Washington said. "I've never not had faith in Torrealba."

Washington said the difference between his two catchers comes down to Napoli having played his entire career in the American League and Torrealba playing almost his entire career in the National League.

"Mike knows the hitters in this league and Torre is still learning them," Washington said. "Mike has a good feel for the hitters in this league. It makes it easier to read the hitters, what they've done before and what they're looking for."

Napoli was at DH on Sunday, because that's where the Rangers may need him the most until Adrian Beltre comes off the disabled list. With Chris Davis traded to the Orioles and Beltre out with a strained left hamstring, Michael Young will likely be the Rangers starting third baseman for the time being.

Torrealba was scratched from Sunday's game with a stiff back and replaced by third-string catcher Taylor Teagarden. The injury is not considered serious, but the Rangers scratched him since Teagarden was available.