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LHP Martin Perez is scheduled to make his first start since last October when the Rangers play a doubleheader in Arizona on Monday. Perez, 22, started six games with Texas last season but suffered a fractured wrist in the spring. He's been pitching in Double-A and is expected to be called up before Monday's game, then will probably be sent down to Triple-A shortly thereafter.

2B Jurickson Profar continues to shine in his first significant action with the Rangers. The 20-year-old rookie led off Sunday's game with a home run, becoming the youngest player since 1958 to open a game with a homer. It marked Profar's first game as a leadoff hitter this season, as he'd yet to bat higher than eighth in the order. Profar has now hit safely in five consecutive games and is batting .263 during his five-game stint as Ian Kinsler's fill-in.

RHP Yu Darvish is scheduled to make his second career start against an NL team when the Rangers play the second game of a doubleheader at Arizona on Monday. Darvish gave up five hits and two runs over eight innings of work in his only other start against an NL team, beating the Padres 4-2 last June.

RHP Nick Tepesch, who missed his Wednesday start due to a blister, returned to action Sunday. He threw 5 2/3 innings at Seattle, allowing two runs on five hits. He fanned six and walked one in a no-decision.

DH Lance Berkman might see his first action in the field Monday, when Texas plays a doubleheader in Arizona. Berkman, who saw time at first base last season, has yet to see any defensive action in 2013.

RHP Colby Lewis (right flexor tendon surgery in July 2012) continues to try to build arm strength, but his velocity is not getting higher than 87 mph on his rehab assignment. He pitched a season-high four innings Saturday for Triple-A Round Rock, and he gave up three runs on six hits in four innings. Lewis walked two and struck out two. Through three minor league starts (one for Double-A Frisco, two for Round Rock), Lewis is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA.

RHP Joe Nathan failed to convert a save opportunity for the first time in 17 chances this season. Seattle's Raul Ibanez hit Nathan's first pitch of the game into the seats for a leadoff homer in the 11th, tying the score 3-3. Nathan almost gave up the game-winning home run three batters later, but LF David Murphy went over the wall to rob Jason Bay of a solo shot.

LF David Murphy finally cooled off in the batters' box Sunday, when he went 0-for-6, but he made one of the biggest plays of the game in the bottom of the 11th. Murphy tracked down a deep fly ball from Seattle's Jason Bay, then went over the wall with his glove to steal what would have been the game-winning home run. Murphy's catch kept the score 3-3, but the Rangers eventually lost 4-3 in 13 innings.

3B Adrian Beltre was in the lineup Sunday despite taking a foul ball off his knee the previous night. Beltre played all 13 innings against Seattle, going 1-for-5 with a double.

RHP Alexi Ogando (biceps tendinitis) is scheduled to throw a rigorous bullpen session Monday. If that goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list next weekend without a rehab assignment.

2B Elvis Andrus was pretty active for what was supposed to be a day off Sunday. The Rangers' everyday leadoff hitter was not in the lineup, yet he was all over the basepaths when the game went to extra innings. Andrus singled and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th, then he walked and stole a base in the 13th.

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