• Rangers closer Joakim Soria went into Saturday's game having retired 14 straight hitters. Opponents were also hitless in their last 23 at-bats, with one batter reaching base on an error.
• Hickory has two key players on the disabled list. Pitcher Yohander Mendez, who had a 1.17 ERA in four games, has been shut down for two weeks with shoulder inflammation, while outfielder Lewis Brinson, who was Texas' No. 1 Draft pick in 2012, is sidelined with a minor quad problem. He was hitting .287 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 22 games.
• Pitcher Tanner Scheppers, on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, played catch from 90 feet for the third straight day on Saturday. He has been sidelined since April 18 and just resumed throwing on Thursday.
• Alexi Ogando led the AL with 16 relief appearances going into Saturday.
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