Worth noting

Worth noting

• Villar was again out of the lineup Sunday with his sprained left thumb, but Porter said it was as much about facing a lefty -- the switch-hitter's thumb bothers him more batting right-handed -- as the injury itself. "If they had a righty going today, he would play," Porter said.

• Sunday marked Dallas Keuchel's first start back in the rotation since July 27, and his 15th start of the season. Three of those 15 starts have come against the Rangers.

Chris Abshire is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.