BALTIMORE -- The Rangers are returning to the Ballpark in Arlington on Friday night. The Angels will be waiting for them, and so will C.J. Wilson. Wilson, the Texas Pitcher of the Year over the past two seasons, will be on the mound against his former teammates in the first of a three-game series. "It will be fun, a chance to face somebody you know, but other than that it's just another game," second baseman Ian Kinsler said.
"C.J. did really well for us for a number of years," infielder Michael Young said. "He helped us get to two World Series and was a big part of the team. He's a big boost to the Angels. But once the game begins, it will be business as usual. We're going to try and execute and do whatever we can to win the ballgame." Wilson, who is 4-2 with a 2.61 ERA in six starts, was drafted by the Rangers and pitched for the club from 2005-11 before signing with the Angels as a free agent. Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers have faced Wilson before, but that was only in intrasquad games during early Spring Training. "If you know C.J., whether it's an intrasquad game, regular-season game or tiddly-winks, he's trying to beat you," Washington said. "That's C.J. He's at his best no matter what the competition. I hope we're at our best." This is the first meeting between the two teams that have split the last four American League West crowns.
This season, the Rangers have been in first place for the last 31 days while the Angels have been lagging in last place. The Rangers aren't counting on that to continue."We know they're not playing their best baseball, although they have played all right recently," outfielder David Murphy said. "As a whole they haven't shown what they are capable of doing, but we also know they are going to play a lot better than this. We don't need to worry about that, we just need to try and win ballgames."