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HOU@LAA: Richards fans 11 over 7 1/3 strong innings

The tone was set from the first Angels batter Rangers starter Colby Lewis faced Thursday night. And the second, and the third -- all the way through the last one after 2 1/3 innings, 13 hits and a club-record 13 runs in a 15-6 loss.

All Nick Tepesch could do was watch and observe from the dugout as the Angels got to his teammate early and often.

Now it's Tepesch's job to try to help the Rangers rebound from a blowout loss when he takes the mound Friday night in the second game of a four-game series against the offensively talented Angels. It'll be his second career start against the Halos.

Tepesch said before Thursday's game that knowing Texas' rotation is struggling didn't add any extra pressure when he took the mound.

"If you put added pressure on yourself, it only makes it worse," Tepesch said. "I try to keep things simple and not worry about external things I can't control. You just go out and do your best."

But perhaps that mentality changed after Thursday. Feeling extra pressure after what happened against the Angels on Thursday certainly wouldn't be unmerited.

Against the Mets on Sunday, Tepesch gave up six runs in six innings -- five in the first inning alone. He's 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA in his past six starts.

"Inconsistency is frustrating," Tepesch said. "It was just one inning the other day. The last five innings were pretty good."

Meanwhile, Garrett Richards will get the ball for the Angels after registering a career-high 11 strikeouts against the Astros on Sunday. In his past seven starts, he's held opponents to a .158 average, with a 6-0 record and a 1.45 ERA. He has won both starts against Texas this year, with four earned runs in 12 innings. He's 4-1, 4.15 in 12 games and eight career starts against the Rangers.

Richards said it was disappointing he didn't make the All-Star Game, but thanked the fans and his teammates for supporting him.

All-Star or not, his pitching hasn't gone unnoticed.

"He's obviously put himself in a real good position to be talked about quite a bit the first part of the season," Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher said. "He's pitched extremely well. It's always going to be somebody who gets overlooked for the All-Star Game every year. Garrett's done a great job and will continue to do that. It would have been very nice to see him rewarded, but there are a lot of starting pitchers having great years."

Angels: Aybar All-Star bound
• Shortstop Erick Aybar, in the midst of his best of nine seasons, was chosen as an All-Star reserve, replacing Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (wrist). Aybar got an ovation from teammates in the clubhouse Thursday night when the news arrived that he'd been appointed to his first All-Star team by AL manager John Farrell.

"My teammates are great," Aybar said. "It's a big honor to go to my first All-Star Game and represent the team."

Aybar's 48 RBIs lead AL shortstops.

"To play as much as he does with his intensity and consistency, I think he's one of the top three shortstops in baseball," manager Mike Scioscia said.

Rangers to celebrate Korean American Heritage Night Friday
• It's been more than a month since the Rangers announced they'd celebrate their first Korean American Heritage Night, and after weeks of planning, it will all come together Friday.

The Rangers announced the details of the event June 3, explaining that they would partner with the Korean Society of Dallas and News Korea Texas, Inc., to honor Korea's culture and its traditions.

The night will begin with a Korean drum dance performance and Korean percussion music. The Korean National Anthem will be performed and at the conclusion of the game, there will be fireworks with Texas Taekwondo United performing on the field.

Shin Soo-Choo is the lone Ranger of Korean descent, and the first few thousand fans will get a Choo rally towel.

"We are so pleased to have this festive opportunity where we are celebrating Korean Heritage Night with the Texas Rangers," Korean Society of Dallas president Jimmy Ann said June 3.

"Through Mr. Choo we will be able to share our Korean culture, Korean history, and form friendships with the Texas Rangers," he added.

Worth noting
• Choo has started at designated hitter in three of the last four games.

• Angels leadoff man Kole Calhoun is one of the game's hottest hitters. With Thursday's 4-for-5 performance, he is 46-for-124 (.371) in his past 35 games. He has scored 36 runs -- more than any player in the Majors -- since May 29 and raised his season slash line to .305/.366/.542. Comments