Worth noting

• In 2012 the Rangers (6.0) and Angels (5.8) combined for the second-most runs in any season series. Only the Indians (6.3) vs. Royals (5.7) combined for more.

• With at least 1,500 plate appearances, Josh Hamilton is second all-time among Rangers hitters in OPS at .912. Alex Rodriguez is the leader, at 1.011.

• Including his three home runs in the 2011 World Series, Albert Pujols is hitting .345 and slugging .800 at Rangers Ballpark over the past two seasons.

• Manager Mike Scioscia was delighted with the work of his bullpen in Cincinnati, noting newcomer Mark Lowe's four hitless innings with one walk and four strikeouts, along with the strong work of young Garrett Richards (2 2/3 innings, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts).

• Minor League catcher Carlos Ramirez has been handed a 50-game suspension without pay for a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Ramirez is on the roster of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League. A 25-year-old native of Tucson, taken in the eighth round of the 2009 Draft, Ramirez hit .204 for Arkansas in 85 games last year with two homers and 25 RBIs. He attended Arizona State. He is a .269 hitter in 291 Minor League games.

 

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.