Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals

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Perez picked it up, sending it to second to throw Delino DeShields out.

Duffy took a shutout into the eighth inning after Perez threw out a baserunner on a ball that hit Choo in the nose, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 for their season-best third straight victory. The Rangers are putting up 4.19 runs per game this season while allowing 5.44 per contest. He has walked two or fewer in 12 of his 13 career starts, including seven of eight outings this season, three off the most in the majors by a left-handed starter.

Mann, 34, pitched five scoreless innings over three appearances with the Rangers.

"(Duffy) had a good start tonight", Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. They could have a great matchup, be in a great park, or just have a lot of quality sticks in the lineup, but these are the offenses primed for big days that you may want a piece of. The game's current runline odds stand at -160 for betting the Royals +1.5 runs and +140 for the Rangers -1.5 runs. Torres, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha last Saturday, followed Ryan Goins' single to center that rolled past DeShields' glove. The Rangers need a starter because Matt Moore is on the disabled list with knee soreness.

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Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon, the major leagues' oldest active player, turned 45 on Thursday.

To make room for Bibens-Dirkx on Texas' 40-man roster, left-hander Brandon Mann was optioned to Round Rock. Eric Skoglund gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 6.15 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon was scratched about an hour before first pitch because of a sore right hip resulting from a diving catch made Wednesday in St. Louis. He allowed six earned runs in five innings Sunday in the New York Yankees' 10-1 win. Minor is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Royals. Mazara is hitting.269/.335/.497 with 11 home runs, 31 RBIs and 29 runs scored, while Choo is hitting.256 with six homers, 21 RBIs and 30 runs.

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