ARLINGTON, Texas -- The third game of this four-game series between the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's features LHP Martin Perez in his debut as a starter vs. LHP Tommy Milone. First pitch is set for 6:15 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/Fox.
A quick look at the matchup:
Perez (0-0, 13.50): Against Oakland, the 21-year-old makes his first major league start and second appearance. ... In his major league debut Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers, he pitched 2/3 of the eighth inning and gave up four runs (one earned), two hits, one walk and had a strikeout. ... He went 5-5 with a 4.59 ERA (84 1/3 IP) in 15 starts for Round Rock this season, with 49 strikeouts and 38 walks. ... He won his last two starts in Round Rock, including his first career complete-game shutout in his final Pacific Coast League start against Iowa on June 21. ... Has been rated as one of the Rangers' top five prospects by Baseball America in four straight seasons, including a No. 1 ranking last season and a number two ranking in 2012.
Milone (8-5, 3.83): The 25-year-old has the most wins on the A's pitching staff (tied for third in the AL, tied for fourth in majors). ... Has pitched the most innings of any A's pitcher at 96 1/3 and allowed the most home runs at 13. ... Has the second most strikeouts in the A's rotation with 57. ... He is riding a two-game winning streak, both of which were quality starts, including a seven inning shutout against the Seattle Mariners. ... He has struggled relatively on the road, going 3-4 with a 6.39 ERA (50 2/3 IP) in nine starts compared to his 0.99 ERA and 5-1 record in Oakland. ... Is 0-1 at Rangers Ballpark with a 5.14 ERA, allowing nine hits and four earned runs in seven innings.
Hitters: Perez has never faced the A's. ... Rangers hitters are 9-for-28 (.321) against Milone. ... Only Mike Napoli, Alberto Gonzalez and Yorvit Torrealba are hitless against Milone. ... Josh Hamilton is 2-for-3 with a strikeout. ... Craig Gentry is 2-for-3 with an RBI. ... Elvis Andrus is 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Up Next: Sun. vs. Oakland: RHP Yu Darvish (10-4, 3.57) vs. LHP Travis Blackley (1-2, 3.05 in AL), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. Blackley was acquired by Oakland from San Francisco in early May.