Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Brandon Maurer

April, 20, 2013
4/20/13
1:30
PM CT
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.

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