• Kirkman was supposed to start on Wednesday, but the Rangers backed him down in order to instead use him in relief against the Angels.
• The Rangers sent Minor League outfielder Desmond Henry to the Royals to complete an offseason trade for pitcher Tommy Hottovy.
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