Worth noting

• Managers often like to give their regular catchers the day off when the team is playing a day game after a night game. Most catchers aren't like A.J. Pierzynski, though.

"Pierzynski's stubborn," Washington said. "He wanted to play [Sunday], so he's playing. I'll get [Geovany] Soto some games on the road. I might have gotten punched out if I'd told A.J. he wasn't playing."

• The Rangers' departure for Chicago and the start of a four-city road trip will be delayed Sunday night while they take part in their annual Park Place Dealerships Triple Play Game Show at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. It's the Rangers' Baseball Foundation's largest fundraiser of the year.

• The second-inning home run belted by Red Sox catcher David Ross over the left-field foul pole Sunday landed in the third row of the Club Level seats and traveled an estimated 410 feet. It's only the 18th home run hit into the Club Level, and Ross is just the fourth opposing hitter to accomplish the feat, joining Oakland's Mark McGwire (1997), Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria (2008) and the Angels' Mark Trumbo (2012).

Jim Reeves is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.