Manager Ron Washington on Monday's ninth-inning incident when Nelson Cruz thought Royals pitcher Louis Coleman hit him deliberately with a pitch: "I don't know. ... I was surprised when they hit him. I don't know what that was about. We don't play this game to embarrass people or make them look bad. We're not focused on that incident. We're focused on today and getting better."
David Murphy entered Tuesday's game with a .400 batting average against left-handed pitchers. Since 1974, the only left-handed hitter with enough qualifying plate appearances to have a higher batting average against lefties was Ichiro Suzuki. He hit .404 against them in 2004. The highest by a Rangers left-handed hitter against them is .339 by Rafael Palmeiro in 1990.
Infielder Jurickson Profar was out early on Tuesday getting extra instruction from Washington on his double-play pivot.
Reserve outfielder Leonys Martin had to return to Texas to deal with a personal matter. He was not available for Tuesday's game, but is expected back on Wednesday.