Texas Rangers

April 6, 2014

Tanner Scheppers eager for another chance

The Rangers’ Opening Day starter has made a slight adjustment with his delivery ahead of his Monday start at Fenway Park.

Apparently, the taste of allowing seven runs in four innings on Opening Day didn’t sit to well with right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who was making his first start in the majors.

“I’ve just been itching to get back out there,” he said Sunday.

Scheppers will make career start No. 2 on Monday at Boston, where he hopes a simple adjustment can help him have better command than he did last week against Philadelphia.

After a 1-2-3 first inning, Scheppers walked three in a six-run second that included a grand slam by Jimmy Rollins. Scheppers allowed another run in the fourth after the Rangers had rallied from a 6-0 hole and taken a 7-6 lead.

“You learn a lot more from the bad ones than the good ones,” he said. “For me, it’s about extension and keeping my from side closed. Pretty simple adjustments.”

Scheduled starters Scheppers, Martin Perez and Robbie Ross will be making the first starts of their career at Fenway Park.

“I hope it’s a stage that they welcome,” manager Ron Washington said.

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