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Matchup: C.J. Wilson-Ervin Santana

4/18/2011

NEW YORK -- The Rangers begin a 10-game homestand against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The mound matchup features C.J. Wilson and Ervin Santana:

Wilson (1-0, 3.72 ERA): The 30-year-old lefty will be pitching on normal rest despite the off day Thursday because Colby Lewis' start was skipped for the birth of his daughter. ...This will actually be Wilson's first night game of 2011 and he was 12-4 with a 3.32 ERA under the lights in 2010. ...He has two no-decisions in his first three starts. ...Wilson has not allowed a home run in 19 1/3 inning in 2011. ...He gave up four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings against Detroit on Wednesday, a game which the Tigers won in walk-off style. ...Wilson, a Southern California native, was 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA and held the Angels to a .217 average in 2010.

Santana (0-1, 3.74 ERA): The right-hander has three quality starts to begin the 2011 season, including his last effort in which he pitched seven innings and gave up three runs on six hits in a win over Cleveland. ...Santana has 16 strikeouts and five walks and opponents are hitting .238 off him. ...Santana is 11-7 with a 5.44 ERA in 127 1/3 innings against Texas in his career.

Batters: Howie Kendrick (7-for-21, 4 RBIs) and Maicer Izturis (4-for-12, 3 RBIs) have hit well off Wilson. ...He's held Bobby Abreu and Erick Aybar to 6-for-31 combined. ...Michael Young has hit Santana the best of any Ranger, going 23-for-61 with three homers and 12 RBIs in his career. Ian Kinsler (11-for-34, HR), Julio Borbon (4-for-11) , Elvis Andrus (7-for-20) and Yorvit Torrealba (2-for-3) have hit Santana well also. Adrian Beltre is 8-for-44 off Santana.

Upcoming matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Colby Lewis (1-1, 5.25 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Palmer (0-0, 7.71 ERA)

Wednesday: LHP Matt Harrison (3-0, 1.23 ERA) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (4-0, 1.30 ERA)

Thursday: OFF