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Topic - Martín Pérez
Hanley Ramirez returned to the lineup and hit his first homer this spring, a two-run shot in the first inning that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Texas Rangers 2-1 Friday.
Oakland designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes drove in a run with a sacrifice fly against Martin Perez as the Athletics and Texas Rangers played to a 2-all tie Saturday. The game was stopped after nine innings.
The Rays face another do-or-die game Wednesday night at Cleveland in the AL wild-card game. Tampa Bay is in the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons.
The Rays and Rangers both won Sunday and ended up even. They'll meet Monday night in Texas, with the winner earning the second wild-card spot and playing at Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis will miss the rest of the season because of a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.
"I feel better because of the experience," Perez said. "But I have to keep getting ready for the season and work more on that pitch."
"It's been a long time since I faced hitters," he said. "The most important thing for me was to keep the ball down. The sinker was too big, it moved back over the plate."