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TEX@HOU: Tepesch gives up one run over 5 1/3 innings

The Rangers on Wednesday will look to even the two-game set against the Mariners while both teams try to gain an edge in the season series, which after Tuesday night's opener was tied at 4-4.

Chris Young will make his first start against Texas since 2006. Young played for the Rangers from 2004-05, and he returns to Texas seeking his ninth win in Arlington; he enters with an 8-7 record there with a 4.70 ERA in 21 starts.

The right-handed veteran is eager to redeem an uncharacteristically weak performance against Minnesota on Friday, when he picked up his first loss of the season. In the 5-4 loss, Young allowed 10 hits in seven innings, seven of which were good for extra bases. The loss moved his record to 3-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

"I felt probably a little better than the way I pitched, but you're going to have nights like that over the course of a season," Young said. "I just wasn't as sharp as I needed to be. The ball didn't have quite as much life as I needed to have, and I dug the guys too big a hole."

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon gave him a little more credit.

"He didn't have his best stuff, but he really battled and gave us seven innings and kept us in the ballgame," he said.

On the mound for the Rangers will be Nick Tepesch, a rookie last year, who was called up last Wednesday to replace Martin Perez in the rotation. Perez had season-ending Tommy John surgery on Monday and will be out for at least a year.

In his first start this year, Tepesch threw for 5 1/3 innings against the Astros on Wednesday with eight strikeouts and allowed just one earned run in the Rangers' 5-4 loss. Tepesch is 0-1 against the Mariners with a 4.15 ERA in three starts.

Tepesch said he would look to build on his season debut while making a few minor adjustments, particularly concerning walks and pitch count.

"I'm not really going to treat it any differently than how I treated the first game," Tepesch said. "My mentality in the first game was to take it one start at a time, and I'll continue to do that."

His plan of attack is simple.

"I'm not changing who I am as a pitcher," Tepesch said. "And who I am as a pitcher is attacking and being down in the zone and getting quick outs."

Rangers: Waiting on Fielder, Martin
With Wednesday's day game following a night game, manager Ron Washington was not sure whether Prince Fielder and Leonys Martin would be ready to play Wednesday.

Martin was scratched from Tuesday night's lineup with stiffness in his neck. Fielder had been dealing with a similar problem and has been out of the lineup since Friday. On Tuesday he was still feeling some weakness in his left side.

"Right now we're going day to day with these guys," Washington said.

With Fielder out, Mitch Moreland has started four straight games at first base. He has started six times there overall this season.

Mariners: McClendon looking for answers at DH
With veteran designated hitter Corey Hart expected to miss four to six weeks after going on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hamstring, manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged there was not an obvious replacement on the Mariners' 25-man roster.

McClendon put newly recalled infielder Nick Franklin at DH in Tuesday's series opener but said that was not a long-term solution and that for the time being he would mix and match players.

"We have to find one," he said prior to Tuesday's game. "Franklin is DHing tonight, but I think we all agree he's not a typical DH. We'll make do the best we can, just like we've done with our pitching and everything else."

Kendrys Morales, last year's DH, remains on the free-agent market as the lone unsigned player among those given $14.1 million qualifying offers last year. If Seattle stays in-house, one potential solution could be Jesus Montero, who was batting .269 with 32 RBIs in Triple-A Tacoma and hit his team-leading eighth home run on Monday.

The Mariners expected Logan Morrison to play some DH this year, but he has been on the DL the past month with a strained hamstring and is just now getting close to going out on a Minor League rehab assignment. He will most likely require a couple of weeks of games to get his timing back.

Worth noting
• Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak, who went 0-for-4 on Tuesday night, still leads Seattle with 11 doubles and 27 RBIs. The former Rangers first-round Draft pick is on pace for 41 doubles this season after hitting 19 in 131 games last year. His career high is 24 doubles.

• Washington said there was a chance Chris Gimenez could make his first start at catcher on Wednesday. He was called up on Tuesday to replace J.P. Arencibia.

• The Rangers are 6-5 in day games; the Mariners are 7-7. Comments