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Tepesch gearing up for big league debut

Tepesch gearing up for big league debut

ARLINGTON -- Pitcher Nick Tepesch, who is officially assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, was at the Ballpark in Arlington on Saturday to throw his between-starts bullpen session. Tepesch threw approximately 40 pitches and is still scheduled to make his Major League debut on Tuesday against the Rays.

Tepesch said the anticipation is starting to build a little bit but, "I'm trying not to treat it differently than any other game -- try to keep it as routine as possible."

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Tepesch, the club's No. 18 prospect according to MLB.com, won the fifth spot in Spring Training despite allowing eight runs in five innings against the Rockies in his last Cactus League start on March 22. Since then, he has made two starts in Minor League games for Round Rock.

He pitched six innings in Arizona against Tucson on March 27, allowing two runs in six innings. He also started for Round Rock in its season opener on Thursday and allowed one unearned run over five innings in a 3-1 win over Omaha.

"I just commanded my pitches for the most part," Tepesch said. "I commanded my fastball and got a lot of ground balls."

Tepesch, who came to camp as a non-roster invite, is not yet on either the 25-man or the 40-man roster. The Rangers must do that before Tuesday night. At that point, the Rangers will have to make a decision on outfielder Julio Borbon, who is out of options. The Rangers will have to either trade him or get him through outright waivers.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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