Last Call from the Desert…Nick Tepesch
“A hitter sees you show emotion and he knows he’s got you. You can’t get too high or too low.”
Pitcher Nick Tepesch
Tepesch pitched six innings in a Minor League game back in Surprise. Pitching for Round Rock against Triple A Tucson, Tepesch allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and one walk. He struck out five and threw 92 pitches. He allowed a leadoff home run while another run came home on a throwing error.
Left-hander Brad Mills allowed one run in four innings against the Angels on Wednesday. He walked one and struck out three. It was his first appearance for the Rangers since they claimed him off waivers from the Angels.
“He has some good secondary stuff, he just has to command his fastball a little better,” manager Ron Washington said after a 6-3 loss.
The Rangers now wait to see if Mills can clear outright waivers so he can pitch in the Triple A Round Rock rotation.
Tanner Scheppers had a dominating inning against the Angels, striking out two of three batters he faced. He is competing with Josh Lindblom, Cory Burns and Joe Ortiz for the final two spots in the bullpen. Scheppers has not allowed a run in his last six innings.
Former NBA forward Eduardo Najera will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Thursday’s exhibition game between the Rangers and the Mexico City Red Devils (Diablos Rojos del Mexico) of the Triple-A Mexican League at the Ballpark. Najera was just the second native of Mexico to ever play in the NBA when he made his debut with the Dallas Mavericks in 2000. Najera is current the head coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.
Washington confirmed what was already known: Alexi Ogando will be the Rangers No. 3 starter and Holland will go behind him. That means Holland will pitch the home opener on April 5 against the Angels.
That’s it. The White Tank Mountains are in the rearview mirror. Headed back to Texas to walk the dog and then head south to the Shrine. The Spring Training of From Here to Eternity is Over.
The Paschal Moon is Rising and 162 is just around the corner.
Thanks for stopping by the Desert Inn.