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Tepesch dealt so smoothly he earned an extra inning of work

Nick Tepesch was moving through the Cleveland Indians lineup at such a brisk pace that his scheduled two-inning spring debut turned into three innings Monday.

Tepesch held Cleveland to two singles and walked none while working the second through fourth innings. The Rangers lost 6-5.

“One of the goals in spring training is to build your stamina up,” said Tepesch, who threw 34 pitches. “Things went really well today but I still have to get my innings and my pitch count up.”

He was happy with his command and was able to throw four pitches for strikes.

He threw six or seven changeups, a pitch he’s trying to implement as a starter.

“I buried one and kind of got lazy on one, but other than that it was a good pitch,” he said. “I got some groundouts with it. I was in the zone with it and being in the zone with it is a big part of it; just being able to command it in the zone. It’s not going to be effective if it’s not in the zone.”

Manager Ron Washington liked what he saw from Tepesch’s offspeed pitches, especially the changeup. “That’s something he’s been working on. And he pounded the strike zone. He was making them swing the bat,” Washington said.