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Birthday boy Adrian Beltre: 'Age is just a number'

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre turned 36 Tuesday, but he said he spent no time reflecting on his career or how much longer it might last.

"I can't. I can't do that," Beltre said before the Rangers played the Oakland A's. "I go day by day, year by year. I feel great, I feel good. I don't think age is a problem. I think if you take care of yourself and your body is ready to take whatever comes along during the year, you'll be good. Age is just a number."

Beltre has played 2,424 career games, including 148 last season with the Rangers. He is the oldest player on a Rangers team that is the youngest in the major leagues with an Opening Day roster that averaged 27 years, 337 days.

"Is it the youngest team? That makes me feel young too, right?" Beltre said. "I didn't know that. l think as a team we are good. I don't think we have so many old guys or young guys. I think we're somewhere in the middle."

Beltre was 19 when he made his major-league debut on June 24, 1998, with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I can't remember that far back," Beltre said, laughing.

Beltre said his family is with him on this road trip and they had a birthday lunch together. He's still waiting for a birthday present from shortstop Elvis Andrus.

"I hoped for a nice present from Elvis. He makes my life so miserable," Beltre joked. "Maybe he should buy me a car or something, a Ferrari or something like that."

First baseman Prince Fielder said he had a gift for Beltre.

"Reading glasses," Fielder said, laughing.

Injury report: Right-hander Nick Tepesch was placed on the Triple-A disabled list at Round Rock because of irritation of the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. Tepesch had a similar injury in 2013 and took six weeks to recover. Tepesch will be shut down for three weeks and then follow a throwing program for three weeks before being activated, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

According to Daniels, Tepesch felt "uncomfortable" after throwing a bullpen session just before the Rangers broke camp. He was examined by Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician.

Tepesch was optioned to Round Rock on March 30. He began last season at Round Rock and went 6-1 before being called up. Tepesch went 5-11 with a 4.36 ERA with the Rangers.

Right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who's on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle, threw a bullpen session Tuesday. He'll begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Thursday and make an appearance in the RoughRiders' season opener. He's eligible to be activated Monday.

Familiar look: The Rangers had only one hit on Opening Day in an 8-0 loss to Oakland, but manager Jeff Banister made only one change in his starting lineup for Game 2, replacing catcher Robinson Chirinos with Carlos Corporan.

Corporan, acquired from Houston in an offseason trade, will make his Rangers debut. He hit .345 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 13 spring training games.

Banister said he'll likely make more lineup changes Wednesday, using some of his right-handed bench players against A's left-hander Scott Kazmir.

"You want to get everyone into a rhythm," Banister said.

Corporan will hit eighth on Tuesday, which was Chirinos' spot in the order Monday. The rest of the batting order remains the same, with Leonys Martin leading off, Andrus hitting second, Fielder third, Beltre fourth, Shin-Soo Choo fifth, Ryan Rua sixth, Mitch Moreland seventh and Rougned Odor ninth.

A's right-hander Sonny Gray pitched seven no-hit innings before Rua led off the eighth with a single on Monday.

"The guy we faced yesterday, his game was really good," Beltre said. "You have to tip your hat to him. It's early. We know what we can do, and we're looking forward to having a great season. ... I think our offense is going to be good. We're going to be OK."