Texas Rangers: Brandon Maurer

Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Brandon Maurer

April, 20, 2013
The Rangers try to take their second straight from Seattle on Saturday night when right-hander Nick Tepesch faces off against Mariners right-hander Brandon Maurer in a rematch of last weekend's pitching matchup, a game Texas lost 4-3. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.

Tepesch (1-1, 3.46): This is the third career start for the 24-year-old Tepesch … It's his first home start since Tepesch made his major league debut when he allowed a run in 7⅓ innings against the Tampa Rays on April 9 … He took the loss against the Mariners last Saturday, allowing four runs in 5⅔ innings … Tepesch took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning but allowed consecutive RBI singles to Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley … Tepesch relies on his sinker, a pitch that wasn't as sharp against Seattle … In his debut against Tampa Bay, Tepesch recorded 15 of 22 outs on ground balls … He became the 14th pitcher in Rangers history to win a start in his big league debut.

Maurer (1-2, 9.95): The hard-throwing 22 year old gets another start against the Rangers … It's Maurer's fourth start of his major league career … Maurer won his first big league game last Saturday against the Rangers, allowing two earned runs in six innings … He allowed five hits and had five strikeouts to go with one walk … Maurer didn't make it out of the first inning in his previous start against Houston, allowing six runs while recording two outs … He had never started above Double-A before this season … Maurer, a 23rd-round draft pick, throws his fastball at 94 mph.

Hitters: Mariners catcher Jesus Montero and third baseman Kyle Seager each were 2-for-3 against Tepesch last Saturday. Seager had two doubles. Mitch Moreland (1-for-2) and Lance Berkman (1-for-2) drove in the only runs last weekend against Maurer.

Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Brandon Maurer

April, 14, 2013
The Rangers try to win three out of four at Seattle when they send rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch to the mound Sunday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest against Mariners right-hander Brandon Maurer. First pitch is 3:10 p.m. on FSSW and 660-AM.

Tepesch (1-0, 1.23): Tepesch was brilliant in his first Major League start, allowing a run in 7 1/3 innings ... He became the 14th pitcher in Rangers history to win as a start in his Major League debut ... Tepesch had his sinker jumping against the Rays, getting 15 ground ball outs, two of them coming on a double play ... He allowed four hits and had five strikeouts ... The 14th-round draft pick in the 2010 draft showed the mound presence and poise that scouts have raved about as he is has risen in Rangers' farm system.

Maurer (0-2, 16.20): Maurer's Major League career is off to a tough start ... He didn't make it out of the first inning in his second big league start last Tuesday against Houston, getting just two outs and giving up six runs on seven hits ... Maurer dominated in Double-A last season with a 3.20 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 48 walks ... He's an aggressive pitcher who can run his fastball up to the plate at 94 mph ... He also throws a slider and a curve ball ... Maurer has a reputation for trying to be too fine but he only has one walk in 6 2/3 innings to start the season ... He's given up 15 hits, including two home runs.

Hitters: It's the first start against their opponent for both pitchers.



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182