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May 30, 2011

A few postgame Rangers notes

Manager Ron Washington said there is no catching controversy brewing even though Mike Napoli is 11-4 as a starting catcher. The Rangers are 9-0 when he hits a home run. He had two Monday and added an run-scoring double to give him a five-RBI night.

"He does a good job, and he happens to be swinging the bat and putting some runs on the board," Washington said. "There’s no controversy with that yet. Whoever is behind there when I write out my lineup tomorrow will be out there. It just depends on what comes out of my pen."

Said Napoli, who is trying to simplify his swing but knows defense is his first priority: "It’s very important to me. I like working with pitchers. I understand the importance of being back there. It’s fun. When I was going through that struggle, behind back there and doing well helped a lot."

The last major league team to hit four homers in three straight games before the Rangers did it Monday was the Cubs in 2002, Aug. 10-12.

Endy Chavez homered in consecutive games for the second time in his career and the first time in exactly seven years. He also did it May 29-30, 2004, against Cincinnati.

Mitch Moreland hit the D-ring that runs around Tropicana Field 70 feet above the playing surface for a fourth-inning homer. He was the 22nd player to accomplish that feat. The home run was estimated at 426 feet, which outfielder David Murphy is definitely a short estimate.

The Rays will start Alex Cobb on Tuesday. He made his first career start May 1, allowing four runs, four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision in an eventual 6-5 Rays loss to the Angels.

-- Jeff Wilson

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