Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Scott Feldman

May, 6, 2013
The Rangers play their makeup game from an April 17 rainout at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Monday night. Rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch will start for Texas against ex-Ranger right-hander Scott Feldman. First pitch at Wrigley is at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).

Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the Rangers' sweep of the Red Sox, if Yu Darvish has been even better than expected and what moves we could see the club make before the trade deadline.

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Tepesch (2-2, 3.54): Tepesch looks to bounce back after allowing five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss Wednesday night to the Chicago White Sox. Manager Ron Washington said that he stayed with Tepesch one batter too long in the start as the 24-year-old rookie allowed a two-run home run to left-handed hitter Alejandro De Aza in the seventh inning to put the Rangers behind 5-2. ... Tepesch issued a walk to White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez in the second inning, ending a streak of 20 1/3 innings and 85 batters faced without a walk. Tepesch ended up with two walks and four strikeouts and threw 109 pitches. ... Tepesch uses his sinker to get ground balls. He's third in the American League with a ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio of 2.50. ... This will be his first start against a National League opponent. ... Tepesch is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two road starts. ... Tepesch is from Kansas City, Mo. and pitched for the Missouri Tigers.

Feldman (2-3, 3.34): Feldman, a 30th-round draft pick who came up in the Rangers' farm system, won 37 games in seven seasons with Texas. ... He signed with the Cubs as a free agent in the offseason after the Rangers decided to part ways with the 30-year-old right-hander. ... Feldman was 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA last year for the Rangers, starting 21 games and pitching in relief eight times. ... Feldman will makes his third home start for the Cubs. ... He pitched his first career complete game in the Cubs' 6-2 victory over San Diego on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. He allowed two runs on two home runs -- three hits allowed in all -- and had a career-high 12 strikeouts. Feldman had six consecutive strikeouts in the third and fourth innings and retired 18 straight Padres before Carlos Quentin reached on an error with two outs in the seventh inning. ... Feldman hasn't had very good defense behind him as seven of his 18 runs allowed have been unearned. ... Right-handed batters are hitting .182 against him.

Hitters: There's no history. Feldman spent his entire career with the Rangers before this season. Tepesch is making his first start against the Cubs and sixth career start overall.



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Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182