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Wood aims to impress vs. Halos

Wood aims to impress vs. Halos

The Rangers are ready to go pink for Mother's Day, and this time the weather is going to cooperate as right-hander Mike Wood pitches for the Rangers against Angels righty Ervin Santana.

The Rangers will be wielding their pink bats for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels to help raise awareness for breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. All position players have been given two pink bats to use for Sunday's game and most, if not all players, are going to use them.

"Of course," Sammy Sosa said. "It's for a great cause."

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The Rangers were going to use pink bats last year on Mother's Day in Boston, but the game was rained out. Players, coaches and umpires will wear pink wristbands and jersey decals. Commemorative lineup cards, bases, a ceremonial home plate and the pink bats will be auctioned off on MLB.com to raise additional funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Rangers pink ribbon T-shirts and caps and pink laser-engraved bats will be available at the Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop at the Ballpark and at texasrangers.com.

The Rangers' wives will be handing out pink Mother's Day visors to the first 10,000 women in attendance on Sunday. The following ladies will be at gates from 1:00-2:05 p.m. CT: Misty Blalock, Katie Connor, Jean Reed, Melony Harmon, Lindsey Stewart, Dana Wilkerson, Crystal McHale (Nelson Cruz's girlfriend), Jillian Kata, Tess Kinsler and Janet Sundberg.

A number of mothers will also be presented roses by players as part of the pregame festivities. Those being honored include Mieca Jaramillo, Lynn Wilkerson, Dominga Cruz and Cruz's grandmother, Lola Cruz.

Pitching matchup
LAA: RHP Ervin Santana (2-5, 5.23 ERA)
Santana had a solid outing in his last start against the Cleveland Indians, allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out six, including Travis Hafner four times. But he was still the losing pitcher against Cliff Lee in a 5-1 loss. Santana is 9-14 lifetime on the road, 21-6 at home. He is 4-2 with a 6.15 ERA in his career against the Rangers, beating them 5-3 in the third game of the season in Anaheim.

TEX: RHP Mike Wood (0-1, 6.39 ERA)
Wood is making his third start, and this might be the end of his stint in the rotation with Kevin Millwood getting ready to come back off the disabled list. His past two starts were against the Yankees, and he went 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in the two outings. He is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in five games, including three starts, in his career against the Angels.

Player to watch
First baseman Mark Teixeira will play in his club-record 483rd straight game when he starts on Sunday. He passes former Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who played in 482 straight from 2001-03. Teixeira, with a two-run home run on Saturday, also takes a 10-game hitting streak into Sunday's game, the longest by a Rangers player this year.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• My27/KDFI 27

On radio
• 1080 KRLD AM, 1270 KFLC AM (Español)

Up next
• Monday: Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 1-3, 4.26) at Rangers (RHP Kevin Millwood, 2-3, 5.88),
  1:05 p.m. CT
• Tuesday: Rangers (RHP Robinson Tejeda, 3-3, 4.87) at Devil Rays (RHP James Shields, 3-0, 3.10),
  6:10 p.m. CT
• Wednesday: Rangers (RHP Brandon McCarthy, 3-4, 6.89) at Devil Rays (LHP Casey Fossum, 2-3, 7.43),
  6:10 p.m. CT

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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