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Tepesch hopes to learn from mistakes in next start

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ARLINGTON -- Rookie Nick Tepesch will make his third career Major League start Saturday, but he'll be facing a team he's already pitched against -- the Seattle Mariners.

Tepesch left after 5 2/3 innings, nine hits and four earned runs, shouldering the loss in Seattle last Sunday.

"It's a little bit of a challenge" to face the same lineup again, Tepesch said.

Sunday was a step back from his debut, when he allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings to beat Tampa Bay, but Tepesch said he learned from both outings.

"I feel like I've definitely gotten a little more comfortable since I've been here," Tepesch said. "The first one, I didn't really make as many mistakes. The second one, just leaving the ball over the plate. That was the biggest difference between the two."

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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