ARLINGTON, Texas -- When it's as hot as it was Friday in Texas, only kids are crazy enough to run around outside.
Three of the Rangers' "kids" did just fine in a game that began with a first-pitch temperature of 100 degrees. Youngsters Martin Perez, Jurickson Profar and Leonys Martin stood out in the 4-0 win over the Reds.
Perez had the biggest impact by throwing 6 23 shutout innings to earn his second straight win since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
Profar provided sparkling defense, thanks to the sore knee of one of the team's older players.
Profar got the start at shortstop after designated hitter Lance Berkman banged his knee getting off the plane from New York the night before. Starting shortstop Elvis Andrus took Berkman's spot at DH and the 20-year-old Profar was in the lineup.
In the third inning, Profar went several steps onto the outfield grass to snag a grounder by the Reds' Devin Mesoraco. Profar gunned a throw that skipped into the glove of first basema...