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Tepesch on a Tear in Round Rock

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    Texas Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch.

    Last week, Nick Tepesch was named the Pacific Coast League's pitcher of the week for his performance with the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock.

    On Thursday night, Tepesch kept up the good work, firing five scoreless innings against Houston's Triple-A club from Oklahoma City to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 and push his record to 5-1 this season.

    Tepesch, if you remember, was left off the big-league roster after struggling through spring training, but has since found a groove despite the disappointment of being passed up by a much less experienced Nick Martinez when the Rangers have needed spot starts and a long man in the bullpen.

    Tepesch opened the 2013 season in the Rangers' rotation and got off to a good start in April before his wheels just progressively fell off and he battled injury over the second half while bouncing back and forth from the minors to the Rangers' bullpen. He made 17 starts for the Rangers last year, and if he can keep this up he could move his way up to the top choice the next time the Rangers need a spot start or suffer another injury to their rotation.