Wilson strengthens bid for rotation
Rangers lefty outshines improved Feliz against Cubs
MESA, Ariz. -- Here is your daily scoreboard update on the Rangers' starting pitching after a 4-1 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday:Neftali Feliz: better. C.J. Wilson: outstanding. Or, as pitching coach Mike Maddux said of Wilson's work this spring: "His performance has been at the top of the list." Wilson still may not win a spot in the Rangers' starting rotation. That call has not been made. Matt Harrison and others are also pitching well. But if Wilson keeps pitching like this and still isn't worthy of being one of five starters, then the Rangers may have their best rotation ever. "Texas threw some pretty good arms out there," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella, who saw only a couple of the half-dozen arms or so competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. That group also includes Brandon McCarthy and Derek Holland, but Wilson is still mounting a serious challenge to make the jump from the bullpen to the rotation. That is no longer idle speculation or wishful thinking on some people's part. "He was outstanding," Rangers manager Ron Washington said on Tuesday. "He went out there and attacked the zone with a good changeup and a good breaking ball. He even threw a couple of cut fastballs that I didn't know he had. He's getting awfully comfortable. "I am impressed with what he's doing in the starting mode. We knew he was capable of getting outs. It was just a matter of adjusting to multiple innings. But he's done an outstanding job. He has just been on the attack."
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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.