Rangers keep perspective for Angels series

Rangers keep perspective for Angels series

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton had trouble getting to his locker when he arrived at the Ballpark in Arlington on Friday because of all the media hanging out in the Rangers' clubhouse.

"Are we playing the Yankees?" Hamilton asked.

No, the Angels. This is the first meeting this season between two teams that have been 1-2 in the American League West the past four years. But the Rangers aren't getting excessively excited about this even though it has been a matchup that people have looked forward to since the Angels signed pitcher C.J. Wilson and first baseman Albert Pujols last winter.

"We recognize who we're playing, but this team, we have a lot of experience playing in big games," infielder Michael Young said. "This is a May game. We try to win every game, but we're not going to crank it up another notch just because of who we are playing."

Wilson started against Yu Darvish on Friday, and a sellout crowd is expected for all three games. That will run the Rangers' streak of consecutive sellouts to nine.

"We've played in a lot of big games over the last couple of years," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "This one's not that big of a game. It's going to be a lot of fun, no doubt about it. The crowd's gonna be into it. There's going to be a lot of excitement surrounding the pitching matchup, obviously, but as far as the team's concerned, it's about going out and winning a game and winning a series."