Perez worked on sinker at WBC

Fel­low Venezue­lan Her­nan­dez told left-han­der to be­lieve in nasty pitch.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Gil Lebre­ton Fort Worth Star-Telegram Rangers

Pitcher Martin Perez, a proud son of Venezuela, re­turned to the Texas Rangers club­house Mon­day af­ter see­ing the world.

The world was swing­ing for the fences, Perez found out.

“It’s not easy to pitch there,” the Rangers lefty said of his just-con­cluded World Base­ball Clas­sic ex­pe­ri­ence. “Every­body’s hacking. Every­body’s try­ing to get on base.

“You’re fac­ing the best from an­other coun­try, and it’s not easy. Every­body was like an All-Star.”

Perez, 25, started twice for Team Venezuela in the tour­na­ment. A manda­tory pitch count and a free-swing­ing Puerto Rico lineup ended Perez’s sec­ond start af­ter 2⅔ in­nings Sun­day.

He faced 14 hit­ters and al­lowed four hits and one

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