Martin Perez to make first start Saturday

June, 29, 2012
6/29/12
5:01
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers announced that Martin Perez will make his first major league start Saturday against the Oakland Athletics.
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The club had spent the last few days deciding which young pitcher would slide into that slot.

Perez, 21, was called up Tuesday to give the club an additional bullpen arm after Justin Grimm lasted just one inning (plus two batters) on Monday, forcing Michael Kirkman and Mark Lowe into long relief outings. Perez took Colby Lewis' place on the 25-man roster when Lewis was put on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right forearm.

Read more about Perez's rotation debut here.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.12 123 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 73
OPSA. Beltre .873
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182