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.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.