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Torrealba Adds to Catcher Success



    The catcher position is always a crapshoot in the big leagues when it comes to production at the plate.

    Unless your name is Brian McCann or Victor Martinez or Joe Mauer, you're usually going to be happy to hit .260 or so.

    But the Texas Rangers have been lucky this season with the play of Mike Napoli, who's one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last two months, and Yorvit Torrealba, who are both newcomers this season after the Rangers had to replace Bengie Molina in the off-season.

    On Sunday night, Torrealba was a monster.

    He got the Rangers on the scoreboard after Colby Lewis spotted the Angels a lead with a solo homer off of Jered Weaver in the second inning.

    But most importantly for a catcher, and something Napoli has been surprisingly good at this season, Torrealba was cutting down baserunners left and right.

    The former San Diego Padre threw out base-stealers in the second and third innings to help minimize damage for Lewis, who once again was not on his "A" game on Sunday night.

    The position was an uncertainty heading into the season, but with Torrealba and Napoli, the Rangers have one of the top catchers, by committee, albeit, in all of baseball.