ARLINGTON — Save No. 299 of Joe Nathan’s career was about as meaningful to him as No. 72 or No. 138. And No. 300 will also rate as no big deal.Nathan moved a step closer Friday to becoming the 24th pitcher in major league history with 300 saves when he closed out the home-opening victory.“It’s just one closer to 400,” Nathan said Saturday.The goal, Nathan said, is to get back to the World Series and not to relish individual achievements. But the five-time All-Star conceded that his personal triumphs directly impact the team’s success.“That’s one of the great things about this stat,” said Nathan, who is the all-time leader in save percentage (89.5) for closers with at least 200 saves. “It looks to be an individual stat, but it’s a team stat. The more of these you get, the more chance you have to be a contender.”Nathan, 38, said that his two outings this season haven’t been as easy as they might have looked. He’s experiencing a case of dead arm, which has knocked a few miles per hour off his velocity, but he’s succeeding with command and movement.“I’m just going through the grind of competing,” he said.Tepesch gears upRight-hander Nick Tepesch was at Rangers Ballpark just long enough Saturday to throw a bullpen session before heading back to Triple A Round Rock to continue preparing for his major league debut Tuesday.Tepesch allowed one run in five innings Thursday for Round Rock. He said that he commanded all four of his pitches, especially his fastball, and said he is ready to face Tampa Bay.He’s also trying to keep an even keel as his debut nears.“I’m going to try to keep it as normal as possible,” Tepesch said. “I feel like I’m in that season form. Spring training is behind us, it’s the season, and it’s time to compete.”The Rangers will have to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Tepesch, and the most likely scenario is trading Julio Borbon or designating him for assignment. The Rangers don’t expect Borbon to make it through waivers if he is DFA’d.Slow startMitch Moreland entered Saturday 0 for 13 to start the season, and the first baseman was lifted in favor of pinch hitter Jeff Baker in the eighth inning Friday.Manager Ron Washington said that Moreland’s swing had gotten a little too big after he was the club’s best hitter in spring training. Moreland batted .377 with four homers and 14 RBIs in Cactus League play.He got on track in his first at-bat Sunday with a mammoth, 435-foot solo homer into the second deck in right field. But he went hitless in his final three at-bats, including two strikeouts.“He’ll get back to shortening it,” Washington said. “Spring training is a totally different animal than the season.”Briefly• Third baseman Adrian Beltre was presented Saturday with his Gold Glove from last season as well as the Platinum Glove as the best position player in the American League. A.J. Pierzynski received his Silver Slugger Award.• Nelson Cruz went 3 for 4 Friday to join Vladimir Guerrero (2010) and Pete O’Brien (1988) as the only players in Rangers history to start a season with at least two hits in the first four games of a season.