Closer Brandon League has recorded 30 saves in his last 32 opportunities, dating back to May 18, 2011. Over that period, he has maintained a 1.14 ERA -- allowing six earned runs in 47 1/3 innings -- and held opponents to a .211 batting average (37-for-175). League's 30 saves since that time are the third most among AL closers and the eighth most in the Majors. The Mariners are 0-for-48 against Feliz, and no current members of Seattle's roster has a hit against him. Rangers: Nobody panicked about Napoli
Catcher Mike Napoli entered Monday having gone 1-for-7 to start the season and hit eighth in the lineup, but Washington said he didn't think it was a big deal. "It's early," Washington said. "He has seven at-bats? He'll get happy with it. It may not be right now, but he'll get happy with it." Napoli didn't quite get "happy" on Monday, going 0-for-1, but he did get on base three times, all via walks, and score twice. Mitch Moreland was the only Rangers hitter to homer against Beavan last year. Moreland drove in three runs against the righty. Overall, the Rangers hit .192 (10-for-52) against Beavan in 2011. Worth noting
Mariners rookie designated hitter Jesus Montero sat out Monday's game with a bad stomach but was available to play and figures to be back in Tuesday's lineup if he's feeling better. Rangers outfielder David Murphy is getting comfortable with an everyday role.
"It makes a difference when I know I'm playing pretty much every day," Murphy said. "It's nice to be able to get into a routine. It was hard in the past, when I came to the ballpark not knowing if I was in the lineup. It's a little more difficult when you're not seeing live pitching every day. You can take batting practice all you want, but no way does it simulate game conditions."