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Martin Perez Replaces Scott Feldman in Rangers' Rotation

July 24, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) throws to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE
July 24, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) throws to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters, including Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, that left-hander Martin Perez will take over the fifth spot in the club’s starting rotation, which was previously occupied by right-hander Scott Feldman:

"He's been very aggressive, he's been keeping the ball down and he's been showing tremendous improvement," Washington said of Perez. "He's a very good competitor. We're going to give him an opportunity to take a few starts the rest of the way."

Feldman has had an up-and-down season for the Rangers. He pitched well to start the year and during the month of July, but he struggled in between that span as well as August and September. He only lasted two and two-thirds innings during his most recent start against the Seattle Mariners, allowing six runs on seven hits.

On the season, Feldman has maintained an ERA of 5.32 over twenty-six appearances, including twenty starts. Perez has posted an ERA of 3.38 over nine appearances for Texas, including three starts.