Mound Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Bruce Chen
Wilson (2-0, 3.08 ERA): The staff ace had his best outing of the season against the Angels last week, scattering nine hits and nine strikeouts, while giving up just one run in seven innings. … Although Wilson feels he's in a rhythm, he doesn't prefer pitching during the day. … He's enjoyed success against Kansas City over his career, sporting a 1.63 ERA and 2-0 record in 12 appearances and two starts. … The tightness in his hamstring that was an issue during the spring is no longer a concern.
Chen (3-0, 2.42 ERA): The lefty is on a roll, having only allowed two earned runs in the last 21 innings. … Chen hasn't fared well against his old team -- he pitched for Texas in 2007 -- with a 1-1 record and 10.18 ERA in seven career outings (three starts). … He won 12 games last year and hasn't started a season 4-0 since 2000, though he was coming out of the bullpen during his 5-0 start.
Hitters: Michael Young 4-for-10 off Chen. … Adrian Beltre is 6-for-23 with a homer and Yorvit Torrealba is 2-for-3. … Mike Napoli is hitless in nine at-bats with three strikeouts. … Billy Butler 3-for-9 against Wilson. … Jeff Francoeur is 1-for-2 and Melky Cabrera is 1-for-6.
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