OAKLAND -- Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba took an 11-game hitting streak into Sunday's game with the Athletics and was batting .424 with eight RBIs in his last 15 games. This offensive surge comes at a time when he has been able to get into the lineup every day.
Since third baseman Adrian Beltre has been on the disabled list, Torrealba and Mike Napoli have been shuttling between catcher and designated hitter. Torrealba was at designated hitter for the sixth time on Sunday afternoon as Michael Young continues to play regularly at third base in Beltre's absence.
"It obviously helps," Torrealba said. "It obviously helps your confidence when you're able to be in there every day staying sharp and staying ready. Sometimes a day off helps and sometimes it doesn't. But being able to play every day at catcher or DH helps me to be ready at the plate."
Torrealba had been used once at designated hitter in his career before coming to the Rangers this season.
"Especially with this ballclub, I thought there was no way I would be the DH," Torrealba said. "We had Mike, and if other guys were going to get a day off, they were going to DH. It's kind of surprising for me, but as long as I'm in the lineup, I don't mind."
Torrealba's hitting streak has raised his average to .282. That's the sixth-highest average among catchers in the American League with at least 50 games played. Napoli is fourth with a .288 mark. Torrealba's longest hitting streak was 16 games in 2009.