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03/10/11 6:00 PM ET
Wilson solid but Rangers fall to White Sox
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson is the Rangers' Opening Day pitcher. Phil Humber is just trying to make the White Sox pitching staff.
Humber perhaps was pitching with greater urgency and he held the Rangers scoreless over three innings before the White Sox rallied for a 7-6 victory at Surprise Stadium on Thursday. Wilson was almost as good, allowing one run in his four innings of work.
Humber could be the White Sox fifth starter if Jake Peavy isn't ready to start the season or he could be a long man in the bullpen. In either case, he advanced his cause by holding the Rangers to two singles in three innings. He retired nine of 11 hitters faced while throwing just 26 pitches, 19 for strikes.
"If you are a [long-relief] guy, they want you to attack the hitters and see what happens," Humber said. "If you go out there and walk guys, they can't use you. I definitely want to attack the zone."
Wilson threw 59 pitches over his four innings as he gave up three hits, walked one and struck out three. Wilson has now pitched nine innings this spring and allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits, three walks and five strikeouts.
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"It was warm out there," Wilson said. "It was great. Warming up in the bullpen with the sunshine and heat, it made it feel like Texas today."
David Bush followed Wilson to the mound and gave up a two-run home run to Mark Teahen, who had three hits, in the sixth that gave the White Sox a 3-0 lead. Rangers left fielder Craig Gentry crashed through an open gate in the fence while tracking Teahen's blast but escaped unharmed.
Mike Napoli's two-run double highlighted a five-run sixth inning as the Rangers rallied to take the lead against White Sox reliever Brandon Hynick. Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Kevin Cash also drove in runs in the frame.
Chicago's Michael Restovich knotted the score at 6 in the ninth inning with a two-run single off the Rangers' Mark Lowe. Andrew Garcia followed with a game-winning RBI triple.
Rangers up next:
Right-hander Colby Lewis and left-hander Michael Kirkman pitch against the Reds at 2:05 p.m. CT on Friday in Surprise, available on a free MLB.com audio webcast. Both Lewis and Kirkman are scheduled to pitch four innings. Alexi Ogando, Darren Oliver and Zach Jackson are among those who will pitch in a short intrasquad game earlier in the day.
White Sox up next:
Left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the call in the first of two Cactus League matchups against the crosstown rival Cubs, with a 2:05 p.m. CT first pitch, available on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio, at Camelback Ranch. The two teams will meet up again on March 24 at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. Buehrle is set to go at least three innings or 59 pitches. Jeff Marquez, Matt Thornton, Will Ohman, Jesse Crain and Shane Lindsay also are on the list to pitch.