• At four hours and eight minutes, Friday's game -- a 6-4 victory for the Mets -- was the longest game in Major League history in which fewer than 15 runs were scored and the home team did not need to bat in the bottom of the ninth. It is tied for the sixth-longest game in Rangers history and second longest on the road.
• Shin-Soo Choo, after going deep on Friday night, has 13 leadoff home runs since the start of the 2012 season. That's the most in the Major Leagues in that stretch. Ian Kinsler has 10.
• Washington on the Athletics acquiring pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel: "They are smelling it, so they went out and got more pitching. ... They went out and reinforced themselves. Pitching is their strength.
"If that team stays healthy and they don't lose their big guns, those two guys aren't going to do anything but help them. They are going from a team that wasn't scoring a bunch of runs to a team that was scoring a ton of runs. Oakland is smelling it. It's not over by a long shot, but they are doing what they can to maintain. Anaheim and Seattle aren't going anywhere."
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.