Scioscia won't drop Wilson from rotation


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia may have given left-hander C.J. Wilson a quick hook in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, but he's not considering dropping him from the rotation.

He did however, have another extended closed-door conversation with Wilson before Thursday's game to "try to get his best stuff back out there on the field."

"You can't overstate how much we need our starters to do what they're capable of," Scioscia said after Wilson lasted just 2 2/3 innings Wednesday, giving up three runs and four hits and forcing Scioscia to turn to long-reliever/spot-starter Jerome Williams.

Wilson (12-10, 3.82 ERA), who left the Rangers to sign a $77.5 million deal with the Angels last December, went winless in five starts against his former team this season.

"We have a lot of confidence in what he can do," Scioscia said. "We just maybe want to refine some simple things."

Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Angels tonight in the series finale. Yu Darvish goes for the Rangers. Adrian Beltre had been expected to sit out with intestinal issues but felt better after batting practice and will DH and bat fourth tonight.

Here's a look at tonight's lineups


Ian Kinsler 2B

Elvis Andrus SS

Michael Young 3B

Adrian Beltre DH

Nelson Cruz RF

David Murphy LF

Geovany Soto C

Mitch Moreland 1B

Craig Gentry CF

Yu Darvish (15-9, 4.02 ERA)


Mike Trout CF

Torii Hunter RF

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Howie Kendrick 2B

Erick Aybar SS

Mark Trumbo LF

Chris Iannetta C

Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.78 ERA)