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Team Report - TEXAS RANGERS

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INSIDE PITCH

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas' rotation remained in limbo Monday.

Manager Ron Washington said he won't set his rotation past Wednesday until Nick Tepesch successfully completes a bullpen session.

Tepesch left his last start on Saturday in the seventh inning after feeling a twinge in his left knee. He has reported no further discomfort and said he expected to make his next start, which, if he remains on schedule, would be Friday in Cleveland.

"Want to see how he does," Washington said, and make sure he has "no issues afterward."

Another of Texas' young hurlers returns to the mound Tuesday for the second game of a three-game set against the Yankees.

Right-hander Nick Martinez went 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his last start, in New York, his first since coming off the disabled list. He gave up three hits and one walk but struck out three.

"Coming off a start like that is good," Martinez said. "I mean, we didn't get the win, but you know, coming off the DL and having a strong start like that definitely plays a role in this next start."

Starts for Tepesch and Martinez double as auditions for the team's rotation next year.

Tepesch was strong in five innings against Oakland on Saturday before giving up back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning.

"I want to see them all. I want to see as much of them as we possibly can," Washington said of all his young pitchers.

NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 42-64

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Yankees (RHP Brandon McCarthy, 2-0, 1.45 ERA) at Rangers (RHP Nick Martinez, 1-6, 4.73 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Yu Darvish (10-6, 2.90 ERA) allowed two runs over seven innings, walking one and striking out eight in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night. Darvish worked around base runners in every inning, except the sixth, but had a difficult time with NY CF Brett Gardner or SS Derek Jeter, who each had three hits. Gardner had two solo home runs. Darvish threw 108 pitches, 80 for strikes. "He bent and he didn't break," manager Ron Washington said. "He never gave in, he just kept pitching. He didn't have command of his fastball tonight so he had to go to his breaking pitches. He didn't really have anything for Gardner or Derek Jeter. Other than that, I thought he did a tremendous job of bearing down."

--CF Leonys Martin is now 0-for-his-last-18 after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday. Over his last 22 games, he's hitting .194 to drop from .275 to .260.

--3B Adrian Beltre has multi-hit games in three of his last four after going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the Rangers' four-run fifth in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night. Beltre is hitting .394 with runners in scoring position at home this season. He's also hitting .241 with two home runs and six RBIs in his last 14 games.

--1B J.P. Arencibia has nine of the Rangers' 30 RBIs since the All-Star break after his two-run, two-out game-winning single in the fifth of the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday. Arencibia, acquired in an offseason trade before being sent to Triple-A while in a woeful early-season slump, has a team-high nine RBIs in 11 games since the All-Star break after beginning the season hitting .133 and being shipped out. "I'm just trying to help us win, especially with the way I started," Arencibia said. "I've said it numerous times, I was embarrassed the way I was playing. I want to do what Texas brought me in to do, which is help this team win."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He bent but he didn't break. He never gave in, he just kept pitching. He didn't have command of his fastball tonight so he had to go to his breaking pitches." -- Texas manager Ron Washington, of RHP Yu Darvish, who allowed two runs over seven innings in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--RHP Nick Tepesch (sore left knee) was hurt July 26. He is questionable for his scheduled Aug. 1 start.

--DH Jake Smolinski (bruised left foot) went on the 15-day disabled list July 25.

--C Geovany Soto (right groin strain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 22.

--1B Mitch Moreland (left ankle impingement) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 8, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 24. He underwent season-ending reconstructive surgery June 23.

--1B Prince Fielder (herniated disk in neck) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 17, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 20. He underwent surgery May 27 to fuse two neck disks. There is a chance he could return to action late in the season.

--RHP Tanner Scheppers (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 11. It is his second stint on the DL with the same problem.

--2B Jurickson Profar (torn right shoulder muscle) went on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to March 23. He was cleared for baseball activities April 29. He played catch May 7 and played in extended spring training games as of May 13. He left for Arizona on June 10 to begin an advanced conditioning program.

--OF Engel Beltre (fractured tibia in right leg) went on the 60-day disabled list March 26. He resumed hitting and throwing as of May 18. He ran bases on June 9 with no trouble. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on June 26, then moved to Double-A Frisco on July 11.

--LHP Derek Holland (microfracture left knee surgery in January 2014) went on the 60-day disabled list March 3. He threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session April 2 in Surprise, Ariz. He was in Arlington, Texas, on April 28 working on drills designed to strengthen his knee. Holland threw a bullpen session April 29. He pitched three innings in a simulated game May 15. He threw a bullpen session May 25. He underwent fielding workout but needs more leg strength as of May 28. He threw a pain-free bullpen session May 30. He left for Arizona on June 11 to work on strengthening the knee and throwing batting practice. His likely won't return until late August or early September.

--RHP Alexi Ogando (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 4.

--LHP Martin Perez (partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in left elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list May 14, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 20. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery May 19.

--LHP Matt Harrison (displaced vertebra) went on the 15-day disabled list May 14, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He had season-ending spinal fusion surgery June 3.

--INF Kevin Kouzmanoff (herniated back disk) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 25. He underwent surgery May 6.

--LHP Pedro Figueroa (left elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list April 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 7. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery and a flexor tendon repaired April 30.

ROTATION:

RHP Yu Darvish

RHP Colby Lewis

RHP Nick Tepesch

RHP Miles Mikolas

RHP Nick Martinez

RHP Jerome Williams

BULLPEN:

RHP Neftali Feliz (closer)

LHP Neal Cotts

RHP Shawn Tolleson

RHP Scott Baker

RHP Roman Mendez

LHP Ryan Feierabend

RHP Nate Adcock

CATCHERS:

Robinson Chirinos

Chris Gimenez

INFIELDERS:

1B Adam Rosales

2B Rougned Odor

SS Elvis Andrus

3B Adrian Beltre

INF/C J.P. Arencibia

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Daniel Robertson

CF Leonys Martin

RF Alex Rios

DH Shin-Soo Choo

OF Jim Adduci

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