Rangers racking up zeros on hill

Rangers racking up zeros on hill

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers' 1-0 victory on Wednesday night marked their 10th shutout of the season and first since May 12. They have played only 53 games, but they've already matched their shutout total for both 2012 and '13.

The Rangers set a team record with 19 shutouts in 2011. In that season, Texas had five shutouts through their first 53 games. The Rangers have never had more than eight shutouts through 53 games in a season.

Texas is only the sixth club since division play began to have 10 shutouts through 53 games and just the second American League team since the designated hitter was adopted in 1973. The '69 Cubs had 14 shutouts through 53 games, while the others were the '89 Angels (11), the '72 Orioles, the '74 Dodgers and the '81 Astros, with 10 each.

Wednesday also marked the third 1-0 win for the Rangers this season with the others coming on April 11 and 13 against Houston. It is just the ninth time in club history the Rangers have had at least three 1-0 wins and only the second time in the past 24 years. They had three 1-0 wins in 2012.

The Rangers still went into Thursday's game against the Twins with a 4.22 ERA, the fifth highest in the American League.

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.