Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 9/16/12
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers have made a switch in their pitching rotation and will go with rookie left-hander Martin Perez Friday in Seattle. Perez will take the rotation spot of Scott Feldman (6-11). Feldman allowed six runs in 2 22 innings Saturday and was replaced by Perez, who pitched 4 13 scoreless innings. "He's been very aggressive," Texas manager Ron Washington said of Perez. "He's been keeping the ball down and he's been showing tremendous improvement. 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, who has been in and out of the rotation all season, started the season 0-6 but then won six-consecutive decisions. He's lost his last five though and his ERA is now 5.32. Perez, who made three starts for the Rangers earlier this year, is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in nine appearances. He's excited about the opportunity to start for the Rangers down the stretch. In three relief outings since being called up in September, he has a 1.93 ERA in 9 13 innings. His 4 13 hitless Saturday made him the first Texas reliever to have an outing of at least 4 13 hitless and scoreless innings since Mark Brandenburg in 1996. He will approach his start with confidence gained from his recent pitching. "I've been feeling good," he said. "There is a change between starting and being in the bullpen in the preparing. That's now what I've got to do to get ready."
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