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Mound Matchup: Wilson vs. Banks

6/26/2010

Game 2 of the Lone Star Series is this afternoon and the Rangers -- how about this -- are coming off a loss. C.J. Wilson tries to beat the Astros and Josh Banks makes his first start of the year.

After losing five straight games, the Astros have won three in a row.

Wilson, 5-3, 3.41 ERA: Wilson is making this start on five days' rest. On Sunday, he got a no-decision in a 5-4 10 inning victory over the Astros. Wilson gave up four runs, two earned on six hits in seven innings of work. ... He is 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA when he starts on five days rest this season. ... Wilson has been charged with two earned runs in three consecutive starts to lowe rhis EA from 3.62 to 3.41. ... In interleague games, Wilson is 1-4 with seven saves and a 4.62 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA vs. the Astros in 11 games, which includes the start last Sunday.

Banks, first start: Banks got a call up from Triple-A Round Rock when Felipe Paulino was placed on the DL. Banks has never faced the Rangers. ... In his major league career career, Banks is 4-7 with a 5.38 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 115.1 innings. His last big league start was July 10, 2009 while pitching for the Padres he lasted four innings in a loss to the Giants. ... His last start this year was June 20 vs. Omaha, where he pitched eight strong innings, allowing just three runs, two earned on five hits. He was his eighth game of the year.