• The Rangers aren't fretting about the possibility of not retaining the Silver Boot -- which goes to the season series winner between the Astros and the Rangers -- for the eighth straight year. The Astros were up, 8-4, going into Thursday's game, but as shortstop Elvis Andrus said, "We won quite a few times. If they win it, they deserve it. It's not something in the back of my mind, especially this year."
• The Rangers' 12-4 win over the Mariners on Wednesday took two hours and 22 minutes. It was the fastest Major League game with at least 16 runs scored since 2006.
• Pitcher Yu Darvish, who is on the disabled list with mild inflammation in his right elbow, has still not resumed throwing, and he is not with the Rangers in Houston.
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.