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Oakland at Los Angeles

Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim

C.J. Wilson has been one of the few bright spots during the Los Angeles Angels' difficult start to this season.

The left-hander will try to record his third win in as many games during his home debut Thursday night against the Oakland Athletics.

Los Angeles made a splash during the offseason by signing Albert Pujols and Wilson. The Angels are also expected to hold a press conference Thursday to announce a contract extension for Gold Glove-winning shortstop Erick Aybar, reportedly for four years and $35 million.

Los Angeles (4-8), though, hasn't gotten much for its money so far, but Wilson has played a part in half of his new team's wins.

The left-hander allowed one run for the second straight game and scattered six singles over six innings during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

"There's certain things about each (of the first two starts) that I'm not satisfied with," he told the team's website. "But ultimately I think I'm just feeling out what I have to do and where I can try to get a little bit more efficient and make less mistakes. That's really what it's all about as a pitcher."

Wilson (2-0, 1.38 ERA) will try to build on that outing by winning a fourth consecutive decision over the A's (6-7). He has a 2.33 ERA over those past four matchups and has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last three.

Oakland has scored 11 runs in its past two games after totaling 13 over its previous seven, including a 6-0 defeat in Monday's series opener. The A's turned the tables on the Angels on Wednesday as rookie Yoenis Cespedes' three-run homer in the first inning was all the support Bartolo Colon needed in a 6-0 victory.

Cespedes is batting .238, but has a team-leading four homers and 12 RBIs in his first 12 games.

Pujols, on a career-worst 12-game homerless streak to start a season, had one of the Angels' season-low four hits in Wednesday's loss. Los Angeles has scored a combined three runs over its back-to-back defeats after totaling 18 over its previous three games.

"Our offense has been a little bit spotty, and we need to get simple at the plate," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Some guys are starting to get into their game - but as a unit, we're not finding that offensive chemistry."

Cespedes will try to lead his team to a season-high third straight win while the Angels will try to avoid matching their three-game skid from April 11-13.

Southern California native Tommy Milone (1-1, 2.57) will try to send Los Angeles to that defeat during his eighth career start. The left-hander is coming off his first major league loss, 4-0 in Seattle on Saturday.

Milone, 1-0 with a 3.81 ERA in five starts for Washington in 2011, gave up all of those runs over six innings after throwing eight scoreless against Kansas City in his debut for Oakland on April 9.

"As a pitcher, you want to go out there and throw up zeros, but I didn't do that today," Milone said.

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Probable Starters

Tommy Milone, LHP
2012 stats
14.0 Innings Pitched 13.0
1-1 Wins-Losses 2-0
2.57 Earned Run Average 1.38
5 Walks 6
5 Strikeouts 7
0.0 Pitches Per Start 0.0
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 82.0
--- Wins-Losses 5-5
- Earned Run Average 3.73

C.J. Wilson, LHP
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TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Oakland2nd AL West7858.57454-6 L 4
Los Angeles1st AL West8353.610-7-3 W 6
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Series Game Log
Apr 4HOULAA 11-1Richards Harrell 
Apr 5HOULAA 5-1Skaggs Keuchel 
Apr 6HOUHOU 7-4Feldman Weaver 
Apr 7HOULAA 9-1Wilson Cosart 
May 19LAAHOU 5-2Keuchel Richards 
May 20LAALAA 9-3Skaggs Feldman 
May 21LAALAA 2-1Weaver McHugh 
Jun 3HOUHOU 7-2McHugh Wilson 
Jun 4HOULAA 4-0Richards Cosart 
Jun 5HOUHOU 8-5Peacock Skaggs 
Jul 3LAALAA 5-2Shoemaker Oberholtzer 
Jul 4LAALAA 7-6Smith Sipp 
Jul 5LAALAA 11-5Roth Bass 
Jul 6LAALAA 6-1Richards McHugh 
Sep 2HOU 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 3HOU 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 12LAA10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 13LAA 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 14LAA 3:35 PM EDT