|L.A. Angels «||3|
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In his spring training debut, C.J. Wilson did exactly what the Texas Rangers hope he can do in the ninth inning all season.
Wilson, who took over as the team's primary closer after former NL Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne was traded last summer, struck out two of his three batters in the fourth inning of Texas' 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
"It's never too early to start with your routine," Wilson said. "The big focus for me is being aggressive with my fastball, and I did that. ... My breaking ball is still in process."
Wilson did get one of his strikeouts on a breaking ball, even if it wasn't the pitch he really planned.
"One was a sort of weird breaking-ball thing that didn't break, really," Wilson said with a smile. "I hope every time I throw it like that, I get the same result."
Brandon Wood hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Angels off Warner Madrigal, one batter after Mark Trumbo's RBI groundout for Los Angeles' first run.
Darren O'Day, the fifth Angels pitcher, threw two scoreless innings. Alex Serrano struck out one of the three batters he faced in the ninth for a save.
Wilson is considered the top candidate for the closer's job, even after the Rangers added two-time All-Star Eddie Guardado in the offseason. Guardado is likely to be a setup reliever and a mentor for Wilson, the 27-year-old left-hander who was 2-1 with 12 saves and a 3.03 ERA in 66 appearances last season.
If Wilson keeps pitching the way he did Friday, the job should be his.
"It was a pretty good start," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It was nice that he went in there and got his inning of work in and controlled the damage and got out of there."
Nick Adenhart, the Angels' top pitching prospect who is expected to start the season in Triple-A, allowed three hits in two scoreless innings.
"He was a little pumped up, a little erratic," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But he made some good pitches with his fastball, mixed in a couple of good breaking balls and didn't get rattled when guys got on base. He's got great composure out there."
Gerald Laird, who will have to beat out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to be the Rangers' regular catcher again, hit a two-run homer in the fifth. Laird had only nine home runs in 407 at-bats last year, when he hit .224 but had a stellar defensive season.
"I'm working on a lot of things in spring with my swing and with Rudy (Jaramillo, the hitting coach) and just trying to hit some balls hard," Laird said. "And trying to actually keep the ball out of the air."
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Reggie Willits, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Terry Evans, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Erick Aybar, SS||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.500|
|Hainley Statia, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Juan Rivera, RF||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.000|
|Freddy Sandoval, 3B||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|Robb Quinlan, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.800|
|Kendry Morales, 1B||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.333|
|Mark Trumbo, 1B||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Wood, DH||4||1||1||2||0||1||4||.143|
|Sean Rodriguez, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Dee Brown, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Nathan Haynes, LF||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.667|
|a- Chad Hermansen, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Mount, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Ryan Budde, C||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|b- Matt Brown, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Anel De Los Santos, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a-walked for Haynes in the 7th|
|b-walked for Budde in the 7th|
|2B - Erick Aybar (1, Harrison)|
|HR - Brandon Wood (1, Madrigal)|
|RBI - Mark Trumbo (1), Brandon Wood 2 (3)|
|SB - Peter Bourjos (1, 2nd base off Madrigal/Teagarden), Chad Hermansen (1, 2nd base off White/Teagarden)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - De Los Santos-Statia|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Darren O'Day (W,1-0)||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Alex Serrano (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|WP - Rafael Rodriguez (1)|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Adenhart 2-2, Darren Oliver 1-1, Rafael Rodriguez 3-1, Darren O'Day 4-0, Alex Serrano 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Nick Adenhart 8, Darren Oliver 4, Rafael Rodriguez 9, Fernando Rodriguez 5, Darren O'Day 6, Alex Serrano 3|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||.571|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jason Ellison, CF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Brandon Boggs, CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Michael Young, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Ramon Vazquez, SS||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|Frank Catalanotto, DH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Nate Gold, PH-DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|David Murphy, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.600|
|Kevin Mench, LF||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.400|
|Jason Botts, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Gerald Laird, C||2||1||1||2||0||0||0||.500|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-flied out for Catalanotto in the 4th|
|2B - Ian Kinsler (2, Oliver)|
|HR - Gerald Laird (1, R. Rodriguez)|
|RBI - Gerald Laird 2 (2)|
|CS - Ian Kinsler (1, 2nd base by Adenhart/Budde), Ryan Roberts (1, 2nd base by O'Day/De Los Santos), Jason Ellison (1, 2nd base by Oliver/Budde)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Harrison-Young-Broussard|
|Bill White (H,1)||1||0||0||0||2||2||0||0.00|
|Warner Madrigal (BS,1; L,0-1)||1||3||3||3||1||2||1||27.00|
|HBP - Morales (by Bill White)|
|WP - Warner Madrigal (1)|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 2-2, Paul Kometani 1-2, Bill White 1-0, Warner Madrigal 1-0, Steven Rowe 1-1, Douglas Mathis 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 7, Robinson Tejeda 4, C.J. Wilson 3, Paul Kometani 7, Bill White 6, Warner Madrigal 7, Steven Rowe 2, Douglas Mathis 4|
|Attendance - 3518|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Delfin Colon, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Doug Eddings|