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Sunday, July 21, 2013
Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Chris Tillman

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers end a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles when left-hander Martin Perez faces Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman at 6:05 p.m. Sunday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Perez (3-2, 3.00 ERA): Perez has provided a needed boost to a depleted Rangers starting rotation since he was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on June 22 … He has a 3-1 record and a 2.64 ERA in five starts, beating playoff contenders St. Louis, Cincinnati and Baltimore … He's averaged just over six innings per start and allowed 29 hits in 30 2/3 innings since his recall … Perez allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his most recent start against Detroit on July 14, giving up four hits, three of which were home runs … The one issue Perez has had is one that afflicts many young pitchers: Opposing hitters are batting .389 against him with two outs and runners in scoring position … Perez has made one start against Baltimore this season on July 9, allowing two runs in six innings … He had four strikeouts and a walk.

Tillman (1-3, 3.95 ERA): Tillman is fourth in the American League in wins and was a late addition to the American League All-Star team by Detroit manager Jim Leyland … Tillman had a seven-game winning streak snapped by the New York Yankees on July 6 … He was been hit hard this month, allowing eight runs in 11 1/3 innings … He's given up 18 hits, two of which were home runs … Tillman has a problem giving up the long ball, allowing 20 home runs in 111 2/3 innings, which is the sixth most in the AL … Tillman is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers … He beat Texas last season, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Hitters: Nate McLouth is 2-for-3 against Perez. Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz and Geovany Soto have all hit home runs against Tillman in limited at-bats.