• Nick Tepesch threw in the bullpen on Friday and had no problems with his left knee. Tepesch, who was skipped in the rotation because of some pain in the knee, is tentatively scheduled to pitch on Wednesday against the White Sox.
• Catcher Geovany Soto, who is on the disabled list with a strained right groin muscle, began a medical rehabilitation assignment on Friday with Round Rock. The Rangers are hoping he'll be ready to go next Friday in Houston.
• Washington on the Athletics trading Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox: "Cespedes was the most dangerous hitter in that lineup. I know one thing. He'll tear apart that wall in Boston. He'll put some dents in it. He hits all pitches. It didn't matter, he smacked them all."
• Third baseman Adrian Beltre was voted the Rangers Player of the Month for July. He has won the award two straight months, and seven of the last 12.
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