ANAHEIM, Calif. — A trip back to Angel Stadium cures anything that might be wrong with Mike Napoli’s swing.
Napoli homered twice in yet another impressive game against his former team, Yu Darvish struck out 11 over seven strong innings, and the Texas Rangers battered struggling Angels starter Ervin Santana for a 9-2 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday.
Napoli, Yorvit Torrealba and Adrian Beltre homered during Texas’ five-run second inning, chasing Santana (4-10) after just 13 batters. Napoli, who had three hits in Friday’s series opener, added another homer off reliever David Carpenter in the third.
Although he returned to Anaheim enmeshed in a monthlong slump, the All-Star catcher just won’t stop beating up on the franchise that drafted him and then traded him to Toronto in January 2011 for Vernon Wells, the high-priced outfielder who has been a big disappointment for the Angels.
“When I come here and do well, it definitely feels good inside,” Napoli said.
Napoli has done a bit better than well in his return visits to the Rangers’ AL West rivals. Napoli has hit safely in 13 of his 14 games at Angel Stadium since the trade, with a jaw-dropping eight homers.