Worth noting

• Manager Ron Washington considered starting Leury Garcia at second base on Sunday and using Ian Kinsler at designated hitter. That would have meant sitting Lance Berkman, and he did not want to have the day off.

"He said he has had enough days off," said Washington. "He said he feels good at the plate and wants to keep swinging."

• Yu Darvish threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session before Sunday's game. He pitches Wednesday against the Angels in Anaheim.

• Derek Lowe threw four scoreless innings on 31 pitches in relief against the Mariners on Saturday. He is the second relief pitcher to throw four scoreless innings on as few as 31 pitches since pitch counts started being officially kept back in 1988. Dodgers reliever Jeff Shaw threw 31 pitches over four scoreless innings against the Rockies on Aug. 18, 1996.

• Rangers pitchers have thrown 33 shutouts since the beginning of 2011, the most in the Major Leagues.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.