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Perez living his dream playing in Arizona

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PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Oliver Perez can't remember being in a better situation as a professional ballplayer.

"It's really been a dream come true to play here in Arizona, especially when you think about playing your entire career away from home," Perez said. "I played in the winter in Culiacan, Mexico, my home, and that was the best and now I'm here not far from where I live."

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PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Oliver Perez can't remember being in a better situation as a professional ballplayer.

"It's really been a dream come true to play here in Arizona, especially when you think about playing your entire career away from home," Perez said. "I played in the winter in Culiacan, Mexico, my home, and that was the best and now I'm here not far from where I live."

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Perez has seen better days on the mound but he remains optimistic. He's given up four hits and six runs -- five earned -- in his first seven appearances of the season. Perez has struck out two batters and walked four.

"We've struggled a little bit but we know this is a long season and there are ups and downs," Perez said. "Personally, I feel fine. I had a tough little stretch, but that happens to everyone and we are all working to get better. Things will get better."

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB.

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