Worth noting

Donnie Murphy rejected an outright assignment and was placed on unconditional release waivers.

• The Rangers promoted left-handed pitcher Jimmy Reyes from Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday. Reyes is the Rangers' ninth Double-A player this season to be called up to Triple-A.

• The Rangers are a season-worst 14 games under .500, the first time they've been that low since Aug. 26, 2007.

• The Rangers are 19 games behind the A's, who lead the division. The last time they were that many games back at any point in a season was the end of 2008.

• The Rangers' four-game losing streak to Houston ties for their longest losing streak against their in-state rivals.

Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.