Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Felix Hernandez
Wilson (9-3, 3.20 ERA): After one inning pitched in the All-Star Game (he took the loss after surrendering a three-run homer to Prince Fielder), Wilson is ready to kick off his second half in Seattle. ... His 3.20 ERA is fifth among AL lefties and 19th in the league overall. ... His last outing was an 8-5 win over Oakland last Friday. He gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings. ... It was his fifth consecutive win and his third straight outing of at least seven innings. ... The Rangers have won 36 of his 52 starts since the beginning of the 2010 season (12-7 in 2011). ... He's won both of his starts against the Mariners this season, his last one coming on May 4 at Safeco Field. ... Wilson is 8-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 45 career games against Seattle, including 3-2 with a 4.13 ERA in eight starts.
Hernandez (8-7, 3.19 ERA): The 25-year-old enters the second half with quality starts in five of his last six outings. That includes a 4-2 loss to the Angels on the Sunday before the break. Hernandez gave up two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. ... He's pitched at least six innings in all but two of his starts in 2011. ... Oddly, Hernandez has a higher ERA at home than he does on the road (3.34 at home, 3.05 on the road). ... He has made one start against the Rangers this season, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits in seven innings. ... Hernandez is 10-13 with a 3.84 ERA in 29 career starts (185 1/3 innings) against the Rangers. He's made more starts against Texas than any other team.
Hitters: Michael Young has had the most success of any Ranger off Hernandez, hitting .292 (21-for-72, HR, six RBIs). ... David Murphy is 15-for-52 with two HRs and eight RBIs. ... Nelson Cruz has three homers off Hernandez and has hit .282. ... Josh Hamilton is just 6-for-33, but half of those hits are extra-base hits. ... Mike Napoli is 6-for-28 with 10 Ks. ... Jack Cust (5-for-14) and Franklin Gutierrez (5-for-13) have had success against Wilson. ... Ichiro Suzuki hasn't had a lot of luck off the lefty, hitting .222 (8-for-36, 11 Ks).
Sunday at SEA: LHP Matt Harrison (7-7, 3.04) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (1-0, 2.03), 3:10 p.m., 103.3 FM ESPN/1270/FSSW
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