Catcher Mike Napoli didn't play Saturday because of pain and swelling around his right knee, and it's almost certain he won't play until next week. "It's pretty sore," said Napoli, who injured the knee on a play at the plate Friday. "I'll continue to ice it down and do what I can to get the swelling down." To give the Rangers a backup catcher while Napoli is injured, Texas activated Luis Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama on Saturday. Martinez was hitting .262 at Round Rock with a pair of homers and 17 RBIs in 50 games. Mariners: Jaso may start against left-hander
Although Seattle manager Eric Wedge has tried to avoid using catcher John Jaso against left-handed pitchers, he'll be hard-pressed to do so in the next four games. Seattle faces four-straight left-handed starters beginning Sunday, and Jaso is leading the club with a .281 average, though he is hitting just just 1-for-21 against lefties this season. "He's a good hitter," Wedge said. "He hasn't had much of an opportunity against lefties. But when you talk about the way he approaches the ball, I think it's safe to say he won't be sitting for all those games. You will see him play." Worth noting
Texas' Adrian Beltre and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki are tied for fifth all-time with 53 home runs at Safeco Field. Raul Ibanez's 66 homers are the most in the ballpark's 13 seasons. The Mariners and Rangers have split their 12 meetings this season. No Mariners hitter with more than six at-bats against Harrison is hitting above .300 against him. In total, current Seattle hitters are batting just .193 against the Rangers left-hander.