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Worth noting

• Astros manager Bo Porter on not having to face Yu Darvish in this series: "Isn't that great news?"

• Class A Myrtle Beach pitcher Alec Asher has earned his second straight Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honor. He has not allowed a run in his last 14 innings and is 8-7 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 games and one relief appearance.

Nick Tepesch, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, threw his second bullpen session on Monday. The club said Tepesch's next step will be a 60-pitch bullpen on a date to be determined depending on how he feels on Tuesday. He threw 40 pitches on Monday.

• The Rangers entered Monday's game having committed 54 outs running the bases, the most in the Major Leagues.

• Myrtle Beach infielder Drew Robinson is the Carolina League Player of the Week and Class A Hickory outfielder Nick Williams is the South Atlantic League Player of the Year. Class A Spokane's Richard Alvarez is the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week.

• Right-hander Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless inning during a rehabilitation assignment on Monday night for Triple-A Round Rock. He struck out two and threw 17 pitches. It was his fifth rehab outing and second since being shut down for a week with triceps tendinitis.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger.
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