ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers are turning to left-hander Martin Perez to start Saturday's game against Oakland.
It will be the first major-league start for Perez, who pitched 23 of an inning in relief Wednesday night. Texas manager Ron Washington said the Rangers decided to go with Perez over Justin Grimm because he's left-handed.
Oakland is hitting just .222 against left-handed pitching.
Perez is excited about his opportunity.
"I just want to do my job," said Perez, who allowed four runs (one earned) against Detroit. "I just want to do the same I did in spring training, just throw the ball over the plate and see what happens. Attack the zone early and throw my breaking pitch for strikes. Throw quality pitches and help the team, that's what I want."
While Perez is the Saturday starter, there are no guarantees after that. Washington said the Rangers would use the off day to give all the starters an extra day of rest. Roy Oswalt will start Tuesday's series opener in Chic...