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Friday, June 4, 2010
Mound matchup: Wilson vs. Davis

By Richard Durrett

The Rangers begin a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays, the club with the best record in the majors. LHP C.J. Wilson goes up against RHP Wade Davis. Here's a look at the matchup:

Wilson (3-3, 3.48 ERA): He's looking to rebound after two straight losses, including last Saturday in Minnesota against the Twins. Wilson allowed five earned runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings. He held the Twins scoreless and had a 2-0 lead in the sixth when the Twins scored two. He came out for the seventh and loaded the bases (two of them walks) before leaving the game. All three runners scored after Wilson exited. He's 0-2 with a 9.56 ERA in his last three starts after starting the season 3-1 with a 1.48 ERA (in his first seven outings). The good news for Wilson: He's had six days' rest. He is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his two prevoius starts with that much rest. Wilson hasn't had much support at 3.06 runs per start, the fifth-lowest in the AL. Lefties don't do very well against him as they are batting just .102 this season. Wilson is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and one save in 13 career relief appearances against the Rays.

Davis (5-4, 4.04 ERA): The 24-year-old allowed three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings in an 8-5 win over the White Sox in his last start. Of his 10 starts this season, four have been quality starts. Davis has pitched past the sixth inning just twice this season and has walked at least two batters in every start. He has pitched much better on the road than at home. Davis is 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA on the road and 3-3 with a 5.03 ERA at home. He has never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: Davis has never faced any of the current Rangers' hitters. Only two Rays have faced Wilson more than three times: Carl Crawford and Dan Johnson are a combined 2-for-16.