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TEX@SEA: Tepesch goes 6 1/3 scoreless innings

With the season series now at 4-4, the symmetry is in tact for the Rangers and A's, with a tiebreaker -- at least until July 25 when the A's visit Arlington -- coming Wednesday afternoon. The two teams will complete a three-game series in Oakland, after the Rangers took the first game, 14-8, the A's the second, 10-6.

Nick Tepesch will get the start for the Rangers, while Sonny Gray will take the mound for the A's.

Tepesch is coming off a terrific start against the Mariners on Friday night. He allowed two hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings in a game the Rangers won, 1-0, with a run in the ninth.

"Everything was working and I was commanding it," Tepesch said. "That's what it takes. It's just a matter of being aggressive in the zone, throwing my pitches and not holding back."

Now he faces the Athletics in what should be a big game for the Rangers and Tepesch. The 25-year-old right-hander has three consecutive wins against American League West teams but had a 9.00 ERA and no record in three games -- one start -- against the A's last season. He faces a tough opponent in Sonny Gray.

Gray has not been his sharpest over his last four outings, giving up at least three runs in each. But the right-hander has done some excellent damage control.

Last Friday's start against the Yankees was a case in point. Gray allowed three runs in the first two innings, but he was stellar after that, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters to post a quality start. The A's fell, 7-0, and Gray took his second straight loss, but he is still 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA on the season.

On occasion, Gray has been slow to find a rhythm early in games, as opponents have plated eight first-inning runs against him in 14 starts.

"I really just tried to slow myself down and focus on what we've been working on with [pitching coach] Curt [Young], trusting my stuff and really not trying to do too much," he said after his last start. "Not trying to make my stuff really, really nasty, and just make pitches."

Gray faced the Rangers twice in April and made quite an impression. After allowing three runs in seven innings on April 23, he saw Texas again five days later and tossed a two-hit shutout, out-pitching Yu Darvish in the first nine-inning effort of his young career. 

A's: Pomeranz goes on DL with fractured right hand
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a fractured right hand, which he suffered Monday night when he punched a wooden chair after giving up eight runs to the Rangers.

"I just let my emotions take over me, and I did something stupid," said Pomeranz. "Obviously, I didn't mean for it to happen. I'm trying to win games and help the team out. Obviously, I'm not helping the team out when I do something stupid like that."

Pomeranz will continue throwing while his other hand heals, and he will return whenever he can catch a ball again.

The A's now need a starter for Saturday's game against the Red Sox, and Brad Mills, acquired by Oakland from the Brewers for cash Tuesday, appears to be the front-runner.

Oakland called up right-handed reliever Evan Scribner to take Pomeranz's roster spot.

Rangers: Washington works with Snyder at first
Brad Snyder was out of the lineup Monday and until the sixth inning Tuesday when he pinch-hit for Donnie Murphy, because Oakland started left-handers. Snyder has used the down time to get extra work at first base and he will start there on Wednesday with Gray on the mound. It will be his sixth start at first base for the Rangers.

"The big thing is I'm used to being out in center field and you don't have to think on every single pitch," Snyder said. "You have a general idea of what's going on and where you are going to throw the ball. It's a lot more involved at first base on every single pitch ... where to be on the field when the ball is hit. The more I play, the more I feel comfortable."

Snyder has put the down time to good use. He had a 30-minute session with manager Ron Washington on Tuesday afternoon doing various defensive drills.

"He's coming along great," Washington said. "We continue to make progress. We were working on catching the ball out front, knowing what his stance is, how to cut down his angles, getting in the right position, doing all that takes time to get used to but he's making progress."

Worth noting
• A's third baseman Josh Donaldson, stuck in a lengthy slump, was out of the A's lineup against Darvish on Tuesday but entered in the sixth inning and went 1-for-2.

• The Rangers are 13-9 in day games. Alex Rios is hitting .360 in day games, tied for the second highest in the AL.

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