Yorvit Torrealba expected to catch Game 3 of World Series

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Rangers manager Ron Washington told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas earlier today that Yorvit Torrealba will likely start behind the plate for Game 3 of the World Series tomorrow night against the Cardinals.

Mike Napoli, who caught the first two games of the series, is expected to move over to first base while Michael Young will serve as the designated hitter under American League rules.

Torrealba didn’t play in St. Louis because they didn’t want to lose either Young or Napoli in the lineup, but Washington believes his knowledge of the National League could come in handy.

“He’s been sharing things in meetings and I think we’ve seen results of that in Games 1 and 2,” Washington said. “I want to get him a game out there.”

Torrealba, who signed a two-year, $6.25 million contract with the Rangers last November, has spent 10 of his 12 major league seasons in the National League. The 32-year-old backstop is 4-for-13 (.308) with one double this postseason after hitting .273/.306/.399 with seven homers and a .705 OPS during the regular season.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.