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1B Mitch Moreland (strained right hamstring) was scheduled to play in his second of three minor league rehab games Tuesday. He is eligible to return from the 15-day DL on June 21.

DH Jurickson Profar became the youngest player in club history to start at designated hitter Monday. Profar is 20 years, 117 days old, while Sammy Sosa was 20 years, 231 days old on July 1, 1989 when he started against Seattle.

RHP Yu Darvish is working a career-long streak of four straight no-decisions. He is 0-1 despite a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. Darvish also has gone at least seven innings in five decisions this season, the most such starts for a Texas pitcher since Kenny Rogers had five in 2002. Darvish leads the majors with 126 strikeouts.

OF Jeff Baker (sprained right thumb) could be available Wednesday or Thursday, manager Ron Washington said. Baker was injured June 13 high-fiving with a teammate.

DH Lance Berkman was out of the lineup Monday, his second straight off game, to get some extra rest, manager Ron Washington said. Berkman is slated to be back in the lineup Tuesday.

RF Nelson Cruz homered twice and was 3-for-4 Monday. He led an offensive outburst for a team that last scored more than two runs on June 10 and had its most hits (12) this month. The right fielder drove in four runs and pushed his team-leading home run total to 18.

RHP Colby Lewis had a bullpen session Monday, which is considered progress. Lewis' previous work off the mound was in late May. He's been out all season since having surgery to repair a torn lexor tendon in his throwing elbow last season.

RHP Joakim Soria threw between 35-40 pitches Monday in a bullpen session Monday. He could begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Frisco.

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