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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Doug Fister

By Richard Durrett

SEATTLE -- The Rangers and Mariners go back at it tonight at Safeco Field with LHP C.J. Wilson taking on RHP Doug Fister. A quick look at the matchups:

Wilson (10-5, 3.11 ERA): He got an extra day of rest thanks to Monday's off day and comes in having pitched well since the All-Star break -- 3-0, 1.77 ERA in 20 1/3 innings  (three starts). Since the beginning of June, Wilson is 7-2 with a 2.75 ERA, which dropped his ERA from 3.48. Opponents are batting just .208 against him, second-lowest in the AL and the lowest in the majors by a left-hander. He leads the Rangers with 10 wins. Wilson has kept lefties down, as they are hitting just .090 against him (and are one for their last 31). He got that win against Oakland on Friday, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work. He's 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts this season (14 innings) against the Mariners.

Fister (3-7, 3.57 ERA): Fister's last start was a loss in Minnesota after he gave up five runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings. In his six starts since coming off the disabled list (right shoulder fatigue), Fister is 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA. He was 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 10 starts prior to going on the DL on June 1. At one point early in the season, Fister was pushing for the AL lead in ERA and recorded four consecutive starts of seven innings or more with two or fewer earned runs allowed. That included a sensational start against the Rangers in Seattle on May 2, when he allowed no runs on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. The Rangers won that game in extra innings. Fister is 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA (5 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings pitched) in his career against the Rangers.

Hitters: Jose Lopez is a lifetime 8-for-16 with an RBI and Franklin Gutierrez is 3-for-7 against Wilson. But the lefty has held Chone Figgins (4-for-17), Casey Kotchman (0-for-8) and Russell Branyan (0-for-5) down. The Rangers have limited at-bats against Fister with David Murphy (2-for-6), Elvis Andrus (1-for-6) and Julio Borbon (1-for-6) the only ones with five or more at-bats against him.