Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli hope to return
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"I had nothing but a great time other than today," Dempster said an hour after Friday's 5-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the AL wild-card game. "It’s been an awesome experience here, not only how they treat you as a baseball player, but as a human. It’s a first-class organization and a great place to play. I’m going to try to spend the next little while getting over this. I’ve loved my time here."
Dempster was 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA in his 12 starts in Texas. The splits told the story. He had solid numbers against non-contending teams but struggled against the Angels, Yankees and A's.
Napoli, who had a tremenouds second half of 2011 but was not able to replicate it in 2012, finished with a .227 average, but had 24 homers and 56 RBIs in 108 games. He dealt with a left quad strain that kept him out a month.
Napoli said he hopes to come back. He said he didn't think about whether he was hearing the "NAP-O-LI" chants for the final time in Friday's AL wild-card loss.
"It didn’t go through my mind," Napoli said. "I got to the ballpark (Friday) and expected to win. I never thought about that. It will be a long offseason. Hopefully I’ll be here but we’ll see what happens."
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