Washington changes course, adds Perez to rotation

Washington changes course, adds Perez to rotation

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will go with a rookie in the fifth spot in the rotation to close out the season and with the American League West title very much up for grabs.

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Left-hander Martin Perez will start Friday in Seattle, manager Ron Washington said after the Rangers beat the Mariners, 2-1, on Sunday. Perez threw no-hit relief for 4 1/3 innings Saturday as the Rangers almost rallied from a 6-0 deficit. It will be Perez's fourth start of the season.

"He's been very aggressive, he's been keeping the ball down and he's been showing tremendous improvement," Washington said. "He's a very good competitor. We're going to give him an opportunity to take a few starts the rest of the way." Perez said after Sunday's game that he's thankful for the opportunity and that's he's ready.

"I just want to prepare myself well in the bullpen for the start," Perez said through an interpreter.

Scott Feldman allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings in Saturday's 8-6 loss. He has five losses and two no-decisions in his past seven starts, during which the Rangers are 1-6. He said he's disappointed but understands and will do whatever it takes to the help the club win. Feldman filled a key role in the bullpen during last year's postseason run.

"Last year I did this and had success, so I'm going to try and look at it like that," he said.