Texas Rangers: Roberto Hernandez

Lineups: Nick Tepesch makes big league debut

April, 9, 2013
4/09/13
4:32
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Tepesch makes his major league debut as the Rangers take on Roberto Hernandez and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rangers took Game 1 of the three-game set Monday thanks to home runs from A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland, plus some help from an umpire. First pitch for the second game of the series is at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. Here are the lineups:

RANGERS
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Lance Berkman DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Murphy LF
Nelson Cruz RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Leonys Martin CF

RAYS
Desmond Jennings CF
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Shelley Duncan DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Molina C
Kelly Johnson LF

Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Roberto Hernandez

April, 9, 2013
4/09/13
1:43
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The Rangers go for their third consecutive victory Tuesday night when right-hander Nick Tepesch makes his major league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander Roberto Hernandez. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

PODCAST
Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Richard Durrett and Tim MacMahon to discuss the first week of the season, if he feels guilty when his team catches a break from the umpires, Elvis Andrus and much more.

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Tepesch (0-0, 0.00): Tepesch is making his big league debut. ... The 24-year-old pitched for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, allowing an unearned run in five innings. He gave up five hits, had five strikeouts and no walks. He threw 77 pitches, 56 of them for strikes. ... Tepesch was 0-1 with a 6.50 ERA this spring. ... He closed out the spring with a strong effort for Triple-A Round Rock, allowing a run in six innings against Triple-A Tuscon. ... The 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander was selected in the 14th round of the 2010 draft. ... Tepesch was 6-3 with a 4.28 ERA for Double-A Frisco last season. ... He was rated as the 19th-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America and was picked to have the best slider and control in the Rangers' farm system.

Hernandez (0-1, 5.40): The 32-year-old makes his second start of the season after allowing four runs on six hits in a 6-3 loss to Baltimore. ... Hernandez hasn't won a big league start since Sept. 20, 2011 against the Chicago White Sox, when he was pitching for Cleveland. ... Hernandez had seven strikeouts and two walks against the Orioles, allowing a two-run home run to ex-Ranger Chris Davis. ... Hernandez is a ground-ball pitcher, holding the fourth-highest ground ball-to-fly ball ratio (2.47) in the major leagues since 2008. He trails only Rangers reliever Derek Lowe (2.85), Jake Westbrook (2.67) and Aaron Cook (2.63). ... Hernandez was 0-2 with a 5.33 ERA in the spring. ... He is 8-23 with a 4.14 ERA in his career against AL West teams. ... Hernandez is 2-6 against the Rangers with a 5.37 ERA and has not defeated Texas since Aug. 22, 2008.

Hitters: Tepesch has never faced any Rays hitters in the big leagues. ... David Murphy (7-for-14, 3 RBIs), Elvis Andrus (5-for-14, 2 RBIs) and Nelson Cruz (5-for-16, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs) have had success against Hernandez. Adrian Beltre has two home runs in 13 at-bats against him.

Wash's Wisdom: Rotating center field

April, 9, 2013
4/09/13
12:34
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The Rangers have two center fielders -- Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin. Figuring out who is going to play on a given day? That's up to Ron Washington.

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Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Richard Durrett and Tim MacMahon to discuss the first week of the season, if he feels guilty when his team catches a break from the umpires, Elvis Andrus and much more.

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So far the Rangers' manager has basically alternated games between the two. Gentry was the starter in Monday's 5-4 victory, going 0-for-3 with a run scored.

Martin was the first to get back-to-back starts Saturday and Sunday. Washington said Sunday that Gentry will play in consecutive games soon. Will it be Tuesday after being in the lineup Monday?

The Rays start right-hander Roberto Hernandez on Tuesday and lefty Matt Moore on Wednesday. The right-handed hitting Gentry will be in the lineup against Moore. No question.

So will he be in there against Hernandez and get three consecutive starts? Washington seemed to indicate Monday it will be Martin getting the start Tuesday.

"They're both going to play," Washington said. "This is a place where it may go one, one, one, one."

Gentry is off to the better start. He was batting .300 after Monday's game, his third of the season. Gentry stole a base and scored the winning run in the Rangers' 3-2 win over the Angels on Friday, one of the plays of the year so far.

Martin is 1-for-7 on the current homestand and is batting .077. He has no home runs, RBIs or stolen bases.

Other notes:

  • Washington went with veteran Derek Lowe in the eighth inning Monday with the bases loaded and the Rangers leading 5-1. Tanner Scheppers, who had pitched two innings the day before, was not called upon. Lowe, who has been pitching since early March, didn't have his sinker exactly where he needed it to be and walked Shelley Duncan on four pitches while trying to induce a ground ball. Lowe managed to get out of the inning with the Rangers still leading 5-3, but he walked a tightrope getting out of the inning. It will be interesting to see how Washington uses Lowe going forward.
  • Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Indians 3

    August, 31, 2012
    8/31/12
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    Texas Rangers reliever Koji Uehara allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a Casey Kotchman home run before closer Joe Nathan came in and shut the door on the Cleveland Indians for a 5-3 Rangers' win.

    Since the trade: Ryan Dempster made his sixth start with the Rangers since being traded from the Chicago Cubs. He kept the Indians hitless for 3.2 innings. Dempster pitched six innings of two-hit ball, allowing one unearned run with three walks and seven strikeouts.

    Stolen away: Ian Kinsler stole second base in the first inning. It’s his first stolen base since August 8.

    Running home: One batter after stealing that base, Kinsler scored his 91st run of the season on Adrian Beltre’s RBI single. Kinsler is second in the American League in runs scored.

    Walk this way: Josh Hamilton saw 15 pitches in his first two plate appearances. He preceded Beltre’s 82nd RBI with a seven-pitch first-inning walk. Hamilton looked at eight pitches for a one-out walk in the third. He later scored on Michael Young’s infield RBI single.

    RISP reward: David Murphy entered Friday’s game batting .389 (28-for-72) with runners in scoring position and 39 RBIs. He drove in the Rangers' third run with a third inning single hit the opposite way to left field.

    Extra outs: Shortstop Elvis Andrus was charged with two errors in the fourth inning. He has 15 errors this season. The first was a throwing error on what could have been a double play, but his throw was wild of Dempster covering first base and the ball went out of play. That baserunner wound up scoring on Carlos Santana’s RBI single for a 3-1 Rangers' lead. Elvis mishandled a grounder off the bat of the next batter, Kotchman. This is the first multi-error game for Andrus in his career. Young in 2007 was the last Rangers shortstop to have a two-error game.

    More RISP and reward: Kinsler hit his 36th double of the season with two outs in the sixth inning. Murphy had tripled to begin the inning. That Kinsler hit ended a stretch where the Rangers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers went up 4-1, and that was the end of the night for Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.

    Frustration: Nelson Cruz was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. When Esmil Rogers struck him out in the seventh inning, Cruz hammered the barrel of his bat to the ground, and home plate umpire Bill Welke promptly ejected Cruz. The ejection resulted in Hamilton moving from center field to right, and Craig Gentry entered the game to play center.

    Four for Friday: For the second consecutive Friday, Beltre had a four-hit game. Those are his only four-hit games of the season. Beltre was 4-for-5 against the Indians with two singles, two doubles and two runs scored. He also drove in one run.

    Streaking: Andrus had a single in the ninth inning that extended his hitting streak to 27 games versus the Indians. He tied Ivan Rodriguez for the longest hitting streak by a Ranger against a single opponent. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 27-game streak for Andrus is the first career-opening hit streak against one opponent since Vladimir Guerrero hit in his first 44 games against the Rangers.

    The last time: Prior to tonight’s start, Dempster last faced the Indians in 2006.

    Road trip: The Rangers have begun a 10-game road trip which features three at Cleveland, four at Kansas City and three at Tampa Bay.

    On deck: The Rangers meet the Indians for the second game of this three-game series at 6:05 p.m. Saturday. RHP Scott Feldman (6-10, 4.95) and RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 7.53) are the starting pitchers. Hernandez is the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Rangers Insider begins on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM at 5 p.m., and Rangers Baseball Tonight is at 5:30 on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network.

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    BA LEADER
    Adrian Beltre
    BA HR RBI R
    .323 18 71 75
    OTHER LEADERS
    HRA. Beltre 18
    RBIA. Beltre 71
    RA. Beltre 75
    OPSA. Beltre .876
    WC. Lewis 10
    ERAC. Lewis 5.12
    SOY. Darvish 182