Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Clay Buchholz

July, 24, 2012
7/24/12
11:00
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers play host to the Boston Red Sox in the second game of this three-game series, which features LHP Martin Perez vs. RHP Clay Buchholz. Perez will make his fifth career appearance (third start) in place of Colby Lewis, who is out for the season with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/MLBN. A quick look at the matchup:

Perez (1-1, 5.54): The 21-year-old has seen his only major league action during Lewis' two DL stints this season. ... His last outing for the Rangers was a relief appearance in a 7-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners on July 14, when he pitched one inning and allowed no runs. ... His last MLB start was against the Minnesota Twins on July 6, when he pitched six innings and allowed six hits, four runs (two earned), three walks and three strikeouts and took the 5-1 loss. ... Since his last start, he has pitched a total of two innings in two relief outings in the majors and minors in the last 16 days. ... At 21 years, 87 days, he became the fifth-youngest pitcher in Rangers history to win a start when he beat the Oakland A's on June 30. ... He has never faced the Red Sox.

Buchholz (8-3, 5.19): The 27-year-old from Nederland, Texas has the second-most wins, hits allowed (108), earned runs (58) and home runs allowed (T-15) on the Red Sox pitching staff this season. ... He was 4-0 in June, including a complete game shutout against the Baltimore Orioles on June 7. ... He has not pitched as well on the road as he has at home, posting a 3-2 record and 5.71 ERA in 41 innings pitched compared to a 5-1 record and 4.83 ERA in 59 2/3 innings pitched at Fenway Park. ... He is 1-3 i his career against the Rangers with a 3.91 ERA in 23 innings pitched. ... He is riding a three-game losing streak against Texas, with his only win coming on April 21, 2008, when he threw six shutout innings.

Hitters: Perez has never faced a Red Sox hitter. ... Current Rangers hitters are batting .290 against Buchholz. ... Josh Hamilton is 1-for-12 with a double and five strikeouts. ... Nelson Cruz is 4-for-7 with a home run, a walk and a strikeout. ... David Murphy is 6-for-9 with a double and a home run. ... Mike Napoli is 3-for-10 with one home run and three strikeouts. ... Adrian Beltre is 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.

Up Next: Wed. vs. Bos.: LHP Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (5-7, 4.44), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.06 182 144
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 69
RA. Beltre 68
OPSA. Beltre .874
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182