Rangers manager Ron Washington lost a challenge Monday that could have potentially gained his team a run.
The Rangers made a bevy of roster moves prior to Monday's series opener with the Royals. Texas recalled right-handed pitchers Nick Tepesch and Lisalverto Bonilla, and infielder Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Round Rock.
Alex Rios, playing despite a badly bruised right thumb, hasn't hit a home run since July 6. He just missed ending that streak in the first inning on Sunday against the Astros, and couldn't get any help from a replay review either.
The Rangers had their two veteran relievers on the mound in the eighth trying to hold a one-run lead against the Astros. They couldn't do it. The Astros rallied for two runs against Neal Cotts and Neftali Feliz for a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday at Minute Park.
J.P. Arencibia started at designated hitter for the Rangers on Sunday. There are not going to be many more starts for him down the stretch.
The Rangers are undecided who will start Thursday against the Mariners in Arlington. That spot in the rotation belongs to Miles Mikolas, but he is sidelined with fatigue in his right shoulder. Scott Baker remains a candidate after winning his last two starts.
Robbie Ross was the sixth Rangers pitcher in club history to leave a game with a no-hitter going.
Scott Feldman shut out his former team as the Astros defeated the Rangers, 2-0, on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. Robbie Ross had five hitless innings in a start that had him on a strict pitch limit.
The Rangers were forced to designate first baseman Mike Carp for assignment to make room for pitcher Derek Holland on Saturday.
In a paperwork move, Nick Tepesch has joined the short list of players who will be called up in September when the rosters are expanded to up to 40 players.
Rangers pitcher Miles Mikolas has thrown 102 innings this season between Triple-A Round Rock and the big leagues. That's the most he has thrown in his six-year professional career.
Derek Holland was on the field early Saturday afternoon going through more defensive drills with manager Ron Washington. The Rangers have been testing Holland regularly through the summer to see how his left knee responds.
With a lineup that included five rookies, the Rangers went out and pulverized the Astros with a 13-6 victory on Friday night. Scott Baker picked up his second straight victory by holding the Astros to two runs in 6 1/3 innings and the Rangers have won four of their last six games.
The Rangers have placed outfielder Jim Adduci on the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled infielder/outfielder Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock. Rua, a right-handed hitter, went into the lineup on Friday night, batting fifth and playing first base against Astros left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.
The Rangers announced that Derek Holland will return from the disabled list and make his first start on Tuesday against the Royals. Nick Tepesch will be pushed back to Wednesday and Scott Baker will likely return to the bullpen after his start on Friday against the Astros.