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September 16, 2012

Martin Perez to replace Scott Feldman in Rangers rotation

Martin Perez is replacing Scott Feldman in the Texas Rangers’ rotation.

Manager Ron Washington made the announcement after Sunday’s game, and Perez will start Friday at Seattle.

Feldman had his worst start of the season Saturday, giving up six runs on seven hits over 2 62/37 innings. He has not won a game since Aug. 4, when he was given a rotation spot over Roy Oswalt following a six-game winning streak. In seven starts since then, Feldman is 0-5 with a 6.99 ERA.

“It’s disappointing, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying,” Feldman said. “It’s definitely been one of those seasons that’s pretty challenging mentally, so I’ll try to take the positive out of it and get ready for the postseason being in that bullpen role.”

Perez, who entered the season as the organization’s top pitching prospect, made himself a strong candidate by throwing 4 61/37 innings of no-hit relief to back up Feldman on Saturday. Perez has made three starts for the Rangers this season, going 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA.

The fifth spot in the rotation is critical down the stretch, as that turn comes up three more times, including twice against second-place Oakland.

-- Drew Davison

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