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Perez makes Major League debut vs. Tigers

When Rangers pitcher Martin Perez takes the mound on Saturday for the first start of his career, he'll have to hope his Minor League troubles don't follow him.

In 15 starts at Triple-A Round Rock this season, Perez had a 5-5 record with a 4.59 ERA. Manager Ron Washington is hoping, however, that he leaves his penchant for getting into trouble early and not being able to minimize the damage in big innings back in the Minors.

"He just needs command of his fastball and keep it down in the zone, not be afraid to use all his pitches and trust his defense," Washington said. "The fastball is going to be the key."

In his one appearance with the Rangers this season, Perez allowed four runs, one earned, in two-thirds of an inning against the Tigers on Tuesday.

"I need to attack the zone early and throw my breaking balls for strikes," Perez said. "The main thing is to locate my pitches, keep it low and do the best I can."

While Perez is making his first career start, his counterpart, Tommy Milone, is in the midst of one of his best stretches.

During his last two starts, Milone (8-5) has given up just one run in 16 innings, allowing 10 hits and one walk. Opponents are batting just .175 against the lefty during that span.

Milone is the first rookie in Oakland history with eight wins before the All-Star break and enters Saturday's game against the Rangers riding a career-high 14-inning scoreless streak.

"I feel just as comfortable on the road as I do at home," Milone said following his last start. "I felt like it was just a matter of time. [Catcher Kurt] Suzuki could have called any pitch and I would have thrown it in that spot. That's the kind of game I felt I threw. That's how my arm felt. It felt great. When you feel like that, not a lot of things go wrong."

Rangers: Gentry's ankle improving
Craig Gentry, who hasn't started since June 23 against the Rockies, said his ailing right ankle is feeling better. With his pinch-hit triple in Friday's game, Gentry raised his batting average to .356, which is the highest among American League players with at least 100 at-bats.

"The ankle feels good," Gentry said. "I tape it up and after that I'm good to go. If I'm not 100 percent I'm pretty close. It doesn't feel like it restricts me at all."

• There are approximately 1,500 reserved seats remaining for Saturday's game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, plus scattered singles and obstructed-view tickets. For Sunday's series finale, there are around 3,500 seats left.

A's: Crisp playing well in the leadoff spot
Center fielder Coco Crisp has batted leadoff in each of his previous 14 games, and during that span, he is 19-for-54 (.352) with one home run and five RBIs.

• Josh Reddick will be back in the lineup on Saturday after getting the day off Friday. He came in as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning of Friday's loss, but didn't bat. The right fielder has a .260 average with 18 home runs and 39 RBIs.

Worth noting
• The Rangers extended their winning streak to four games on Friday. They have 12 victories in their last 14 games. Their win also evened the season series between the Rangers and A's at four games apiece.

• Since June 12, the A's are 11-6 and are 15-11 over their past 26 games. Comments