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Yu Darvish is tied for the American League lead in wins (10) and fourth in strikeouts (106), but the right-hander doesn't think he is deserving of an All-Star bid.
The All-Star teams will be announced Sunday.
"But personally do I feel like I'm an All-Star? I don't think so," Darvish said through an interpreter.
"I'm also hearing that there's a possibility I might start in an All-Star Game, and to me, that's totally out of context, I think."
Martin Perez will make his first major league start on Saturday when the Rangers play the Athletics.
The 21-year-old was called up on Tuesday to give the club an additional bullpen arm.
"I hear it's a little different," Perez said of starting. "I will try and do my best with my pitches and keep it low and do the best that I can."
Perez made his big league debut in Wednesday's 13-9 win over the Tigers and gave up four runs (one earned) on two hits with a walk in less than an inning.
The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA).
In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number.
Below are the rankings through the Thursday, June 28th games:
The rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.
1. (1) Texas Rangers - 4.41
Long known for their offense, Texas employs a pitching staff with the tenth-lowest ERA (3.69) in baseball.
2. (2) New York Yankees - 4.24
It may not take long for the Yankees to drop in these rankings with Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia on the disabled list. Luckily, their offense has begun to show signs of life.
3. (3) Washington Nationals - 4.03
Twelve games over .500, the Nationals own the third-best record in baseball and have a three-plus game lead in the National League East.
4. (6) Los Angeles Angels - 3.99
It took some time, but the Angels are surging.
5. (5) St. Louis Cardinals - 3.90
Entering Friday, the Cardinals are third in the three-team race for the National League Central crown (behind Cincinnati and Pittsburgh). They cannot be counted out.
6. (7) Cincinnati Reds - 3.80
Speaking of the Reds, they have the third-highest run differential in the National League.
T7. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers - 3.67
Losers of five straight, the Dodgers have fallen behind the red-hot Giants in the National League West. That could change again when Matt Kemp returns.
-- (8) San Francisco Giants - 3.67
The Giants have recorded four-straight shutouts.
9. (T11) Boston Red Sox - 3.55
10. (T11) Arizona Diamondbacks - 3.54
11. (14) Chicago White Sox - 3.38
12. (T11) Detroit Tigers - 3.34
13. (10) Baltimore Orioles - 3.31
14. (17) Atlanta Braves - 3.27
15. (9) Tampa Bay Rays - 3.24
16. (T19) New York Mets - 3.23
17. (18) Pittsburgh Pirates - 3.22
18. (T15) Philadelphia Phillies - 3.18
T19. (T19) Milwaukee Brewers - 3.11
-- (21) Oakland Athletics - 3.11
21. (22) Kansas City Royals - 3.09
22. (T15) Toronto Blue Jays - 3.08
23. (24) Miami Marlins - 2.68
T24. (26) San Diego Padres - 2.66
-- (T28) Houston Astros - 2.66
26. (27) Seattle Mariners - 2.55
27. (23) Cleveland Indians - 2.48
28. (T28) Colorado Rockies - 2.42
29. (25) Chicago Cubs - 2.31
30. (30) Minnesota Twins - 2.09
The Rangers tried to acquire Zack Greinke in December 2010 and lost out to the Brewers.
Less than two years later, Texas might have another chance at the right-hander.
Milwaukee will reportedly discuss trading Greinke if they can't come to terms on a long-term deal soon.
Greinke, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, has an 8-2 record this season with 2.81 ERA.
The Rangers have promoted top pitching prospect Martin Perez.
Texas signed the 21-year-old left-hander as a free agent out of Venezuela in 2007.
Perez is 5-5 with a 4.59 ERA in 15 starts for Round Rock this season but has pitched much better of late.
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