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Cody Eppley focused on getting lefties out

4/26/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Cody Eppley found it interesting that in his two debut innings Saturday against Kansas City, the two batters that got hits off him were right-handed.

That's because he spent most of spring training trying to fine-tune his approach to left-handed hitting batters.

"I worked on my changeup and the ability to use the high part of the zone against lefties," Eppley said. "I was able to use the change and get some ground balls the other day."

Manager Ron Washington wanted to get Eppley in a game as quickly as he could, so hours after his arrival in Arlington on Saturday, Washington had him in for the late innings. Eppley was called up because Neftali Feliz (shoulder inflammation) was placed on the disabled list.

"I was glad to get in and get that over with," Eppley said. "I want to build on it."

Lefties were 0-for-4 against Eppley on Saturday and he said he had success against them at Triple-A Round Rock, as well. He knows a key to his ability to perform at the major league level is getting hitters on both sides of the plate out.