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TEX@LAA: Wilson goes the distance but takes the loss

As a former reliever, C.J. Wilson understands the importance of a rested bullpen. That's why he's done his part in keeping the Rangers 'pen fresh this season.

Wilson is averaging seven innings per start after averaging 6 2/3 innings per start last season. He's also pitched at least seven innings in eight of his last nine starts.

"When you get towards the end of the season, having a fresh, strong, effective bullpen is the key to everything. If guys don't have to pitch because I'm throwing seven or eight innings, that's a good thing," Wilson said. "That's what I'm all about, trying to find little inefficiencies and shave those off to become better and stronger and make less mistakes."

He'll try to do much of the same Tuesday against the Twins, when Texas faces Minnesota at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Thursday against the Angels, Wilson matched Jered Weaver pitch for pitch. However, the left-hander was on the wrong side of a 1-0 loss thanks to a hit batter and an error in the second inning that led to the game's deciding run.

Tossing a complete game, Wilson (10-4, 2.94 ERA) gave up only two hits and struck out eight, yet lost for the first time in 10 starts.

"You couldn't ask for anything more from C.J.," manager Ron Washington said after the game. "That was two great pitchers battling. They just got a run on a mistake. C.J. certainly pitched well enough to win the ballgame. We just couldn't put any runs on the board."

Meanwhile, Minnesota will send Carl Pavano (6-7, 4.24 ERA) to the bump. Against the Tigers in his last outing, Pavano didn't have his best stuff and took the loss. He gave up five runs on nine hits in six innings, the right-hander's shortest outing since June 26.

A workhorse for the club the entire season, Pavano has thrown at least six innings in each of his last 12 starts and at least seven innings in 10 of the 12 outings.

That's exactly the type of effort the Twins will need Tuesday, with the bullpen coming into the series overworked and then pitching 5 1/3 innings in a 20-6 loss on Monday.

"We pretty much have to go with what we have. We have to pitch more than anything else," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Our starting pitching has got to help us in this series. We've used our bullpen too much, and we can't afford to go to them early again."

Twins: Revere get breather
Center fielder Ben Revere was out of the Twins' starting lineup on Monday, marking the first time he was given a day off since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on June 2.

Revere, who played in 47 straight games while hitting .250 with 13 stolen bases, was replaced in center field by Jason Repko, who hit leadoff.

• Twins center fielder Denard Span, out with a concussion suffered in a home plate collision on June 3, had a scheduled day off with Rochester on Monday as part of his rehab process.

Span has played in six games with the Red Wings, hitting .150 (3-for-20) with a stolen base. He has yet to play a full nine innings.

Rangers: Beltre hoping for quick return
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said Monday that he is hopeful that he'll be off the disabled list in a minimum of 15 days.

"I hope he is a quick healer, and I hope he gets right," Washington said. "We're not taking any chances in getting him back here before he is right."

Beltre suffered a strained left hamstring on Friday night against the Blue Jays and was placed on the DL on Saturday.

• Reliever Darren O'Day pitched another scoreless inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and has not allowed a run in five innings since being optioned at the All-Star break.

Worth noting
• The Twins are 9-11 this season when Pavano is on the mound.

• The Rangers have won 11 straight series openers, holding a 23-11 mark in the first game of the series this season. Comments