• The 17th round of the First-Year Player Draft has been good to the Rangers. They found both Kinsler and Mitch Moreland in the 17th round, and now second baseman Ryan Rua is emerging. The Rangers took him in the 17th round of the 2011 Draft out of Lake Erie College, and he is currently hitting .251 with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs for Class A Hickory. He is tied for the league lead in home runs and RBIs and is third in slugging percentage.
• Going into Monday night, opponents were 0-for-24 off reliever Joe Nathan since he gave up a game-tying, 11th-inning home run to Seattle's Raul Ibanez on May 26.
• The Rangers faced two straight starting pitchers who wear No. 67: Chien-Ming Wang for the Blue Jays on Sunday and Dan Straily for the Athletics on Monday.
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.