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Monday, June 17, 2013
Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Dan Straily

By Todd Wills



ARLINGTON, Texas -- The slumping Rangers open a four-game series against division-leading Oakland on Monday night with right-hander Nick Tepesch facing A's right-hander Dan Straily at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).

Tepesch (3-6, 4.30): Tepesch tries to pitch his way out of his worst stretch of his young career. He has lost back-to-back starts, posting an 8.25 ERA, and is 0-3 with a 4.66 ERA in his last five starts. ... Tepesch's problem in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland was he was yanking his sinker, as he put it, which was impacting his ability to command the pitch. Tepesch allowed two home runs and five runs overall in five innings. He was hurt by the Indians' left-handed hitters, who were 7-for-15 with two hit batsmen and two walks. ... Tepesch has been a victim of a lack of run support as the Rangers have scored eight runs for him in his last five starts. ... The Rangers are 4-8 in his 12 starts.

Straily (4-2, 4.45): Straily has turned around his season and rolls into this start against the Rangers. He is 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA for his last five starts and has walked only four batters in 32 2/3 innings during his streak. Straily's career-high winning streak began against the Rangers when he outdueled Yu Darvish for a 1-0 victory on May 15 in Arlington. Straily allowed two hits and had seven strikeouts in seven innings. ... It's been a complete turnaround after a 1-2 start to the season with a 7.27 ERA. ... Straily is tied for second among American League rookies with four wins and third with 47 strikeouts. He beat the New York Yankees on Wednesday, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings. ... He is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.

Hitters: Tepesch has never faced Oakland. Adrian Beltre has two hits in nine at-bats against Straily, who has held current Rangers to a .175 batting average.