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Monday, May 28, 2012
Mike Napoli finds his hitting groove

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Perhaps overshadowed by Yu Darvish's health issues and the Rangers' sweep of the Jays was catcher Mike Napoli breaking out of a slump.

Napoli went 2-for-3 on Sunday with a two-run home run, his first since April 25, and tied a season high with three runs scored.

""Everyday grind," Napoli said. "Just trying to get out there and give them a tough at-bat every time. I had a good day and I will get back out there and have another good day. It's a step in the right direction. I've been working hard and it paid off today."

Napoli entered Sunday's game mired in a 17-for-85 slump over a span of 26 games. But Napoli ended an 0-for-10 spell with a third-inning single. Then in the eighth, he added to the Rangers' lead with a two-run, two-out homer to right field to make the score 12-3.

"It's been awhile," Napoli said of homering. "It's a long season and hopefully good things will come. I've been struggling, ain't no secret, but been working hard every day in the cage and hopefully it will turn around."