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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Scioscia won't drop Wilson from rotation

By Ramona Shelburne

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)