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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Felix Hernandez

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers play the middle game of a three-game series against Seattle with left-hander Martin Perez matching up against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.

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Perez (5-3, 3.44): Perez comes off the first complete game of his career, a 6-1 victory over Houston. ... The 22-year-old left-hander was one out from a shutout before allowing a home run to Astros catcher Carlos Corporan. ... Perez has bounced back after a rough stretch at the end of July with three straight strong starts. ... He is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in those three starts, which came twice against the Angels and once against the Astros. ... Perez has reached a career high in pitches his past two starts, throwing 111 against the Angels and 115 against Houston. ... Perez didn't allow an unearned run in 5 1/3 innings against Seattle on July 4, taking a no decision in a 5-4 Texas victory. ... He is 1-1 with a 1.75 ERA in four starts at home.

Hernandez (12-5, 2.28): Hernandez won his 12th game Sunday, pitching eight shutout innings as the Mariners beat Milwaukee, 2-0. ... King Felix had nine strikeouts and one walk while allowing four hits. ... Hernandez is back in the American League Cy Young discussion along with favorite Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. ... Hernandez leads the AL in ERA and in innings pitched (173 2/3). ... Hernandez is tied for first with 19 quality starts and he's third with 178 strikeouts. ... Hernandez is 12-18 with a 3.83 ERA in 37 career starts against the Rangers. ... He is 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA in three starts against Texas this season. ... He allowed two runs in seven innings in his lone start at Rangers Ballpark, a 4-2 Mariners win.

Hitters: Justin Smoak has four hits in five at-bats against Perez. David Murphy (23-for-71, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs) has had success against Seattle.