Washington encouraged by Perez's debut

Washington encouraged by Perez's debut

ARLINGTON -- For the second time this month, a Rangers pitcher made his Major League debut.

With the Rangers holding an 11-5 lead over the Tigers in the eighth inning Wednesday, Martin Perez took the mound for the first time as a big leaguer. In his first Major league outing, he gave up four runs, one of them earned, on two hits, striking out one and walking one. He pitched 2/3 innings, throwing 20 pitches, 11 of them for strikes.

"We know he's got good stuff," manager Ron Washington said. "He just has to learn how to use it at the big league level. Those hitters walking up there, I know he's never seen them in Triple-A. If you leave something in the wrong spot here, you're going to get hurt."

After giving up an RBI single to Austin Jackson, Perez struck out Quintin Berry swinging for the second out of the inning. He walked Miguel Cabrera before Prince Fielder hit a sharp groundball to Ian Kinsler, who missed Perez with his throw as Perez was covering first base.

Perez was then replaced by Mike Adams, who gave up a pair of RBI singles. Both runs were charged to Perez, although they were unearned.

"It was really important for him to go out there and get a feel in the big stadium facing Major League hitters," Washington said. "He's just got to command his fastball and trust his stuff and trust the defense behind him. That's about it."