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Buzz: Tepesch on track, Murphy sits

4/23/2013

Rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (wrist) felt good following Monday's normal-length, 45-pitch bullpen session and is on schedule to make his Thursday start in Minnesota. "I felt strong, felt comfortable," said Tepesch, who left Saturday's start against the Seattle Mariners after being struck by a liner off the bat of Jesus Montero.

Left-hander Charlie Leesman, whom the Rangers claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Friday, officially declined an assignment and became a free agent.

Jeff Baker was in the starting lineup Tuesday in place of left fielder David Murphy, who was 1-for-19 career against Los Angeles Angels left-hander Jason Vargas. "I couldn't deny the numbers," manager Ron Washington said.