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Rangers Martin Perez takes mound for first start of spring.

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Martin Perez got the start and Alex Rios saw right field for the first time this spring. There is a lot expected of Perez who has been a top 20 prospect in baseball since 2010 and finally got his big break last season. With Derek Holland out until the all-star break and Matt Harrison more than likely missing the start of the season, Perez is number 2 in the rotation.

His outing started a little rough allowing a single to the first batter he faced then walking the next hitter on 4 straight balls. They then executed the double steal allowing them to score a run on a sacrifice fly. The second inning went a lot better, facing the minimum of 3 batters. He got the first batter out on a groundout then gave up a walk and got the next batter to ground into an inning ending double play. His final stat line was 2.0 IP 1 H 1 ER 2BB 1SO.

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Rios went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. He was able to get on base in the first on a fielder’s choice ground ball. He then stole second base but was not able to score as Mitch Moreland lined out to shortstop and Kevin Kouzmanoff struck out swinging to end the threat. Jurickson Profar was the lead-off hitter and DH for Texas. In the 7th inning Profar finally put the Rangers on the board with an rbi double then scored after a Jared Hoying double.  The game ended in a 2-2 tie with the Rangers out hitting the A’s 10-5. The next game is Sunday against the Chicago White Sox at 2:05cst. Robbie Ross takes the mound for the Rangers while Felipe Paulino gets the ball for the White Sox.

Here is how the rest of the pitchers faired today:

Pitchers              IP           H             R             ER           BB           SO          ERA

Kirkman             2.0          2             0               0             0              2              0.00

Font                    1.0          1              0              0              0              0              0.00

Cotts                   1.0          0              0              0              0              1              0.00

Frasor                 1.0          1              0              0              0              1              0.00

Poreda                1.0          0              1              0              0              3              0.00

Bonilla                1.0          0              0              0              0              3              0.00

NOTE:  Frasor was credited with a hold and Poreda was credited with a blown save.

Tags: Alex Rios Jurickson Profar Martin Perez Texas Rangers

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