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Rewind: Wash impressed by Nick Tepesch

4/10/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers rookie Nick Tepesch didn't do anything fancy following his big debut Tuesday night, instead celebrating his first major league victory with his parents at their hotel.

The 24-year-old right-hander showed up at the ballpark Wednesday set to do his normal routine.

Tepesch dazzled in Tuesday night's 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing a run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings. He retired 12 batters in a row at one point.

He didn't have much to say when asked if he was proud of what he accomplished Tuesday night, other than to say, "I am."

Manager Ron Washington was impressed after having 12 hours to reflect on Tepesch's debut, comparing it to the first starts of Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson and Barry Zito when the Rangers' skipper was a coach in Oakland.

"It ranks in the Mark Mulders, Hudsons, Zitos when they came up," Washington said. "Very polished. (Nick) didn't have overpowering stuff. He knows how to manipulate the baseball. Those guys weren't fazed by the atmosphere they were in. They did what they've always done, pitch. They didn't care where they worked. That's the way Nick looked to me last night."

Washington said that now the key for Tepesch is to be consistent. He won't always have all of his pitches working at the same time like he did Tuesday night.

"He has to not think about what he just did," Washington said. "Just think about what he has to do next time."