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CWS@TEX: Grimm whiffs nine over 6 2/3 solid frames

With the way Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm began the season, the Rangers are going to have to some tough decisions to make when Colby Lewis and Martin Perez return from injury.

Grimm takes the ball on Tuesday as the Rangers begin a two-game series in Milwaukee, and if he pitches as well he has, manager Ron Washington should have a hard time removing him from the starting rotation any time soon. Perez and Lewis are both expected to begin rehab assignments this week.

"No doubt about it, we've got better depth just because of Grimm and Tepesch," Washington said. "We didn't envision seeing them this soon. No matter what happens, there's no doubt we have better depth than we've had in the past. We have some veteran guys down in Triple-A pitching well, too.

"Keep your fingers crossed, because they say you can never have too much pitching, but we have a lot of it right now."

Grimm has yet to allow more than three runs in a start this season, striking out 24 batters to eight walks in 23 2/3 innings while posting a 2.28 ERA. The 24-year-old right-hander fanned just 5.3 batters per nine innings over 51 innings with Triple-A Round Rock last season, but the Rangers aren't complaining.

The Brewers enter play Tuesday having lost five in a row. They've allowed at least six runs in each of those five losses.

Wily Peralta, coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed six runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Cardinals, will try to right the ship. After spending most of last season in the Minors, sporting a 4.66 ERA with Triple-A Nashville, Peralta is still learning.

"That's just part of the experience," Peralta said. "Those days, you have to calm down yourself, try to make one pitch at a time. Don't try to go too crazy out there."

Brewers: Segura slugging
Jean Segura had another hit Sunday and has now hit safely in 22 of 29 games this season. He's hitting at a .333 clip, which is in line with his success in the Minor Leagues.

His power numbers, though, have surprised. With four doubles, three triples and four homers, Segura is slugging .533.

"Everything he's doing is really good," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He is really playing well. Driving the ball, stealing bases. The defense -- we knew he was going to be good defensively, but I still thought he would make some mistakes, just being young. He's not making too many mistakes."

Rangers: Without DH, Berkman to get rest
• Designated hitter Lance Berkman is likely to get a few days off with the Rangers playing their next few games in National League parks. The 37-year-old had two surgeries on his right knee last season and it occasionally causes him trouble.

With Mitch Moreland swinging the bat well, hitting his fourth home run of the season Sunday, Washington can feel comfortable with Berkman on the bench instead of playing first base.

"I'm the manager, so I have the right to change my mind -- don't put it in stone, but as of right now, he'll just be a pinch-hitter off the bench and it'll give him an opportunity to catch up," Washington said. "We'll give him a break. It's only three games."

• With Monday's makeup game at Wrigley Field, this trip will be the Rangers' first that encompasses four different cities since an 11-game journey to Baltimore (four), Toronto (three), Boston (one) and Chicago-AL (three) from July 13-23, 2006.

Worth noting

• Second baseman Ian Kinsler ranks sixth among active players with 28 leadoff home runs in his career. The Rangers are 24-4 when Kinsler starts the game with a home run.

• Roenicke is considering moving center fielder Carlos Gomez up in the batting order for the series. Gomez is hitting .368 while hitting mostly out of the seven-spot.

• Aramis Ramirez is 2-for-6 since returning from the 15-day disabled list.

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