Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 1st
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (1-0) at Texas Rangers (0-1), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - A.J. Burnett (0-0, 0.00)
Texas - Martin Perez (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett makes his Philadelphia
debut on Tuesday when the Phillies visit Globe Life Park for game two of an
already offense-heavy season-opening series with the Texas Rangers.
Philadelphia won a wild opener on Monday, as Cody Asche finished a triple shy
of the cycle and scored four times, Jimmy Rollins slugged a grand slam and the
Phillies produced their most runs on Opening Day since 1900 with a 14-10
victory over the Rangers.
Rollins' bases-loaded blast in the second was his 200th career home run and
highlighted a six-run frame for the Phillies, who pounded out 17 hits and
racked up their most runs on Opening Day since posting a 19-17 victory over
the Boston Beaneaters in 1900.
Burnett, who debuted with the then-Florida Marlins 15 years ago, spent the
last two seasons in Pennsylvania with the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 26-21 in
61 starts after spending three largely forgettable seasons with the New York
He came to the Phillies after accepting a deal that will pay him $15 million
for the 2014 season and could add another $15 million next year if the team
picks up an option to extend the pact. If Philadelphia declines, Burnett can
trigger an option to stay and earn $7.5 million or agree to a $1 million
The Arkansas native has made 13 career appearances - including 12 starts -
against the Rangers while winning five of eight decisions and posting a 3.94
earned run average.
He's 3-1 in seven career starts at Texas.
The Rangers will oppose him with soon-to-be 23-year-old Venezuelan southpaw
Martin Perez, who'll celebrate a birthday on Friday.
The undrafted signee debuted in the majors at age 21 in 2012 and was 1-4 12
appearances with a 5.45 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 38 innings of work. He
returned last season to make 20 starts and wound up winning 10 of 16 decisions
while paring the ERA to 3.62 in 124 1/3 innings with 84 strikeouts.
Opponents hit .267 off him and he walked 37 batters while allowing 15 home
Perez, who's never faced the Phillies, is 4-6 in 17 appearances at home.
Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee (1-0) was the beneficiary of the offensive
outburst on Monday, as he picked up the win despite being hammered for eight
runs on 11 hits over five frames. The victory was the first on Opening Day for
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, who replaced Charlie Manuel with 42 games to
go last season.
Texas' Alex Rios stroked a three-run homer among his three hits and scored
three times, while Josh Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Rangers,
who went 91-72 last season but missed out on the postseason for the first time
in four years.
Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, whom the team acquired for second
baseman Ian Kinsler in a blockbuster trade with the Detroit Tigers over the
winter, finished 1-for-5 with a run scored in the setback.
Tanner Scheppers made his first career start for the Rangers, but was shelled
for seven runs on eight hits over four innings. Pedro Figueroa (0-1) was
pegged with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in 1 2/3 frames.
This is the first series between these teams since Philly took two of three
back in 2011.
04/01 10:25:26 ET