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TEX@MIN: Tepesch fans four and walks none over 6 2/3

ARLINGTON -- Josh Tomlin was not surrounded by a host of family and friends. He did not hear his name announced in a nationally-broadcast television special, leading to hugs and cheers and tears. The pitcher was alone in his car when his cellphone rang.

On the other end was Mike Daly, who was an area scout for the Indians in 2006 and now serves as the Rangers' senior director of Minor League operations. Daly informed Tomlin that the Indians had used their 19th-round selection to claim the right-hander in that summer's First-Year Player Draft.

"I was driving back home to my parents' house," Tomlin said. "It was probably one of the best phone calls I received in my life. Whether it was the 19th round or not, it was an opportunity to play."

It is fitting that Tomlin will be taking the mound at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Saturday, considering that teams will be making picks for Rounds 11-40, beginning at 1 p.m. ET with exclusive coverage on Tomlin (a native of nearby Whitehouse, Texas) will square off against Texas righty Nick Tepesch, who was drafted in the 14th round in 2010.

"Draft day was a special day," said Tepesch, who was taken out of the University of Missouri. "I got to continue my career past college and I was very fortunate that the Rangers drafted me. I've been able to work with a lot of great coaches and I've made a lot of friends along the way."

Life as a mid- or late-round prospect is not always easy, though.

While players taken in the early rounds have the pressure of lucrative signing bonuses and heightened expectations, the lower-round players must deal with the pressure of being more easily replaced. The more money a prospect earns on Draft day, the more margin he might have for error. That is not always the case for players who were in situations like Tomlin or Tepesch.

"You know you have to succeed on a regular basis before they replace you," Tomlin said. "You see it in the Minor Leagues all the time. You can get replaced in a minute."

In his last outing, Tomlin allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of a no-decision against the Rockies on Sunday. The right-hander -- sidelined for most of last season due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow -- struck out eight and walked one in the effort. This season, Tomlin has posted a rate a 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings, which is a big jump over his career rate (5.2).

On Saturday, Tepesch yielded five runs (four earned) in just two innings, during which he logged 62 pitches and faced 14 batters before being pulled against the Nationals. That rough showing came after the right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.09 in his previous three starts for Texas.

"It wasn't very good," Tepesch said. "I just wasn't locating my pitches. I wasn't getting ahead of batters. That's kind of what happens when you don't do those things well."

Indians: Santana looks to rebound
Third baseman and backup catcher Carlos Santana was activated from Major League Baseball's seven-day concussion list on Friday. Feeling much improved, Santana is hoping the break not only allowed him to get healthy, but to recharge after a rough start. Through 50 games, Santana was hitting just .159 for Cleveland.

"Maybe this will help," Santana said. "I took a little break. I know what kind of ability I have. It's good for me. It's not good for me to have a concussion, but I'm thinking positive all the time. Concussions are hard. It's my second time. I know how I feel and I'll be OK."

Rangers: Scheppers returns to 'pen
Reliever Tanner Scheppers was activated from the disabled list on Thursday after a bout with right elbow inflammation, and made his first appearance back with Texas that night. Facing the Orioles, Scheppers opened hs outing by allowing allowing a solo home run to Adam Jones and issuing a walk, but then the righty induced a double-play groundout.

"He came in, he was amped up. You could see that," Rangers manager Ron Washington said after the Rangers' win on Thursday. "The first two hitters he faced, he threw them nothing but fastballs, then he went to something else. The ball came out free and easy."

Worth noting
• Entering this series with the Indians, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had hit safely in 37 consecutive games against the Indians, dating back to his Major League debut. Since 1900, that represented the third-longest hitting streak against a single opponent, trailing Vladmir Guerrero (44 against Texas from 2004-06) and Jacoby Ellsbury (38 against Baltimore from 2009-12).

• Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (15-day disabled list due to a left knee injury) is currently working out with the team in Texas. Swisher is scheduled to fly back to Cleveland on Sunday to prepare for a Minor League rehab assignment (Tuesday and Wednesday) with Double-A Akron.

• Cleveland designated hitter Jason Giambi headed into this series with a 299/.434/.583 career slash line in 74 career games in Arlington. The 43-year-old slugger has 20 career home runs at the ballpark, marking the most for any visiting player. Comments