• Rangers manager Ron Washington left second baseman Rougned Odor out of the lineup Friday so he could get a second straight day of rest following Thursday's off-day. Washington said, "You can see he's getting a little tired. I just wanted to give him a couple days. This kid's never had to grind like this before. I'll get him back in there tomorrow."
• Adrian Beltre entered Friday's series opener with a 14-game hitting streak against the Royals. His .352 career batting average against the Royals is the fifth-highest by an opposing hitter and he has posted an on-base percentage of .387 and slugging percentage of .595 against them in his career -- all his highest marks against an American League opponent.
• Friday's game marked the first time since Sept. 1, 1982 that the Rangers have faced a first-place Royals team this late in the season. It is also the latest in a season the Rangers have faced an AL team for the first time that year.
• Friday marks the 25th anniversary of Nolan Ryan's 5,000th strikeout, a mark he achieved by fanning Rickey Henderson in 1989. Exactly 18 years later, the Rangers set a MLB record by scoring 30 runs in a game, beating the Orioles 30-3 in 2007.
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