Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Vance Worley
Tepesch (1-1, 3.07 ERA): The rookie left last week's start in the second inning after being struck on his right wrist by a line drive. ... He tossed a normal, 45-pitch bullpen session before Monday night's game in Anaheim. ... Tepesch struck out three of the seven batters he faced before leaving the game on Saturday. ... Has recorded 29 ground balls to seven fly balls, good for a 4.14. GB/FB ratio, the highest among major-league starters with at least three starts in 2013.
Worley (0-2, 7.11 ERA): Has lost his two previous home starts this season, giving up nine runs in one inning to the New York Mets on April 12 and three runs in six innings to the Detroit Tigers on April 1. ... Pitched efficiently in his last outing, allowing only one run in seven innings against the Chicago White Sox. He also struck out a season-high seven batters.
Hitters: Tespesch has never pitched against the Twins. ... Lance Berkman (1-for-3), Geovany Soto (1-for-5) and Jeff Baker (0-for-1) are the only Texas players that have faced Worley.
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