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Worth noting

• The Rangers have been playing with three bench players since outfielder Daniel Robertson was optioned to Triple-A on May 7. Instead, they have been carrying eight relievers rather than the usual seven. Manager Ron Washington would like to get back to four bench players on the next homestand, which starts Friday.

Robertson is not eligible to come back until Saturday unless he replaces an injured player. The Rangers could bring him back on Wednesday when they put Martin Perez on the disabled list and send down another pitcher to make room for Nick Tepesch.

• Closer Joakim Soria had retired 18 consecutive batters before giving up a one-out double to Jose Altuve in the ninth on Monday night. Opponents had been hitless in 27 at-bats with the one baserunner reaching on an error.

• Rangers pitchers allowed 11 hits in their 4-0 victory over the Astros. It's only the fifth time in club history that Rangers pitchers have thrown a shutout while allowing at least 11 hits and the first time since April 28, 1994, against the Blue Jays. They allowed 11 hits in four of those shutouts and 12 in a 1-0 victory over the Red Sox on May 7, 1982. George Medich and Danny Darwin combined for the victory.

• The Rangers have 48 shutouts since the start of the 2011 season, tied with the Rays for the most in the American League. The Dodgers lead the Majors with 50.

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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