Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Chris Sale

August, 23, 2013
8/23/13
2:30
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The Rangers open a three-game series Friday against the Chicago White Sox with left-hander Martin Perez facing Chicago left-hander Chris Sale at 7:10 p.m. on Ch. 21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

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ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the Rangers' aggressive style of play and bullpen struggles.

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Perez (6-3, 3.48): Perez is sizzling in August with a 3-0 record and a 2.42 ERA. ... He has made four consecutive quality starts. ... He beat fellow Venezuelan Felix Hernandez on Saturday, allowing three runs in seven innings in a 15-3 Rangers win. ... Perez retired 11 of the last 14 batters he faced and pitched into the eighth inning. ... He was won three consecutive starts for the first time in his career. ... Perez is 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA against non-American League West opponents. ... Perez's six wins since being recalled from Triple-A Rock on June 22 are the most on the Rangers.

Sale (9-11, 2.78): Somehow Sale has a losing record despite being fifth in the American League in ERA. ... He's also fifth in the AL with 175 strikeouts. ... Sale allowed three runs on nine hits in seven innings against Minnesota on Saturday and earned the victory. ... He's won his last three starts, allowing five earned runs in 23 1/3 innings. ... Sale has allowed more than three earned runs once in his last 10 starts Aug. 1 against Cleveland. ... He beat the Rangers on May 1, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. ... Sale is 5-4 with a 2.06 ERA in 11 home starts.

Hitters: Perez has never faced the White Sox. Adrian Beltre (4-for-11) and Adam Rosales (4-for-7, HR, RBI) have had success against Sale.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.323 17 65 64
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 65
RA. Beltre 64
OPSA. Beltre .879
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182