Martin Perez tossed his second straight three-hit shutout.
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Texas' Martin Perez outdueled Oakland's Sonny Gray in a battle of up-and-coming aces.
Two of the top young pitchers in baseball entered Wednesday's action undefeated, but only Perez stayed perfect in the Rangers' 3-0 victory over the Athletics.
Perez (4-0) tossed his second straight three-hit shutout. The 23-year-old, who recorded his first career shutout against the White Sox on Friday, has not allowed a run in 26 consecutive innings. The left-hander also pitched eight scoreless innings against the Astros on April 13.
The only other Rangers pitcher to ever throw eight-plus scoreless innings in three consecutive starts is Charlie Hough from Aug. 28-Sept. 7, 1983.
Quiet accomplishment for Pujols
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Have performance-enhancing drugs made us that jaded with regards to baseball milestones that hitting 500 home runs isn't a big deal anymore?
I mean, where was the buildup to Albert Pujols becoming the 26th player to join what was once a pretty exclusive fraternity? Now granted, he hit two on Tuesday to reach the magic number, but how many casual baseball fans even knew he was approaching 500?
But still, this wasn't some run-of-the mill player. This was a three-time National League MVP, who at one time was the face of baseball.