Sometimes Nick Martinez is too wrapped up in the game to enjoy it. Sometimes the pressure of being a starting pitcher consumes him so fully, that he forgets to take a step back and relax.
Thursday -- when he gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Twins -- was one of those days for the Rangers rookie.
On Wednesday, Martinez will have the chance to redeem himself, as he takes the mound against the Orioles in the second game of a nine-game homestand.
"Days like that you just gotta do what you can to battle," said Martinez of his last start. "But when it's going that way, just grind it out and find any way possible just to keep your team in it."
Martinez is 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA.
Meanwhile, Bud Norris is 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA. In his last outing, the right-hander went six innings, surrendering four runs in a loss to the Brewers. Donnie Murphy is the only Rangers hitter with more than three at-bats against him.
The Orioles entered Tuesday's series opener with a .275 road batting average, which is the second-best mark in the Majors behind the Rangers. They've also played 33 of 56 games on the road, which has been quite a test.
"We've been on the road a lot, especially in May. June we will be home a lot more, able to wind down. I'm sure people haven't even moved into their places in Baltimore," said center fielder Adam Jones, who hit his seventh home run on Tuesday. "This is a tough trip, 10 games in 11 days."
He added that he's pleased with the Orioles' third-place position in the American League East but said that there's work to be done.
"You want to be leading your division by 100 games at this point. We are still in striking distance," he said. "Toronto, their May as a team was unbelievable. Boston is always going to grind it out, New York and Tampa, I know they haven't played as well as they wanted to. But at this point, you are just a win streak away.
"We are still in striking distance and the only guy who has been hot has been [Nelson] Cruz. Imagine if [Chris Davis] and [Cruz] and Kakes [Nick Markakis] all get hot. The weather is heating up and we're going to start finding barrels."
Rangers: Tommy John surgery successful for Perez
Rangers starter Martin Perez had season-ending Tommy John surgery for a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow on May 21.
On Tuesday, Perez was back in the Rangers' clubhouse and reported that he's recovering well from a successful surgery. Perez ended his season with a 4-3 record and a 4.38 ERA in eight starts.
Perez said that the rehabilitation process begins with lifting small, five-pound weights, making sure to be cautious and taking good care of the arm.
"It's been a few weeks now and I'm just focusing on my rehab," Perez said. "I think that I'll do a great job, and I'm feeling great."
Orioles: Cruz back in Texas
Cruz was back in the lineup and facing his former organization on Tuesday, batting third and playing left field. Cruz, who got hit in the hand on Sunday and left the game, said he's fine after getting a bunch of treatment during Monday's off-day. The Major League's home run leader hit his 21st in the Orioles' six-run eighth inning. Baltimore won the opener, 8-3.
Cruz, who declined the Rangers' qualifying offer this winter, opting to become a free agent, has flourished for the O's and was leading the Majors in homers (20) and RBIs (52) entering the series.
• The Rangers have decided to move right-handed pitcher Tanner Scheppers from Triple-A Round Rock to Double-A Frisco on an injury rehab assignment. Outfielder Jim Adduci joins him in Frisco for his assignment.
• The Rangers-Angels matchup set for June 22 has been moved from 2:35 p.m. CT to 7:07 to accommodate an ESPN night broadcast.
• Orioles cacher Matt Wieters has been out for nearly three weeks, but he is encouraged with the progress of his injured elbow. He threw Tuesday from varying distances, including beyond 90 feet.
• Orioles closer Tommy Hunter is on the disabled list with a strain in his groin, but could be back as early as Monday.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.