The Rangers go for the series win and one more victory before the All-Star break when left-hander Martin Perez faces Detroit ace Justin Verlander at 12:08 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
Perez (3-1, 2.08 ERA): Perez makes his sixth start of the season He has bolstered the Rangers' starting rotation, going 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on June 22 The 22-year old picked up a career-best third straight victory with a 8-4 win over Baltimore on Tuesday night He is one of five major league pitchers with three or more wins and an ERA of 1.44 or better since his recall Perez has held off right-handed hitters with his changeup The left-hander has allowed a .259 batting average to right-handed hitters but only five extra base hits Perez has made one career relief appearance against the Tigers, allowing four runs in ⅔ innings.
Verlander (9-6, 3.71 ERA): Verlander is on the American League All-Star team for the sixth time, even though he hasn't been as dominant this season as in years past Verlander was hit hard again on Wednesday, allowing five runs on a season-high 12 hits in an 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox He also had a season-low three strikeouts, but still he's sixth in the AL with 122 K's Verlander has allowed five runs or more in four starts, including his worst of the season against the Rangers in Arlington He allowed eight earned runs and threw a season-low 70 pitches in a 10-4 loss to Texas on May 16 That included a three-run home run by Geovany Soto Verlander still has been very good against the Rangers, with a 7-3 record and a 2.92 ERA for his career.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre (11-for-36, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) has had success against Verlander. A.J. Pierzynski has three home runs and 12 RBIs off the right-hander in 74 at-bats. The current Tigers' roster is 3-for-3 against Perez.