ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson was pleased with his most recent outing Friday night against the Rays, but knows that his game still isn't at the point where it was at the beginning of the season.Wilson picked up his first win since May 7, tying for the team lead in wins with four in the process. But Wilson once again gave up a big inning and left with the bases loaded for the second consecutive start. "Mechanically, I was kind of up and down all night," Wilson said. "I went and looked at the video right away and saw some stuff I was doing. After about six or seven pitches, I saw it in the video. I wrote it down in my little handy notepad, and now I've got something to work on." Wilson pitched five-plus innings in the win, but a four-run second inning in which he threw 42 pitches doomed any chances of a quality start. "It was just kind of some weird things with the weird bounces and balls just in the hole," Wilson said. "I got ahead of some guys and didn't finish them off. That was the problem there." Wilson walked a season-high four batters in the win, but was still able to run his record to 4-3. Prior to Friday's start against Tampa Bay, Wilson had been 0-2 with a 9.56 ERA in his past three starts after going 3-1 with a 1.48 in his first seven. "It's been a hard last two weeks. I've been trying to solve the issues because there's obviously a lot that's been going on," Wilson said. "I'm giving up home runs and whatever. But [Friday] was definitely a step forward. "The biggest thing for me is to show up tomorrow, do my work, work in bullpen time, work on the mechanical stuff that I didn't do well [Friday]."
Washington expounds on latest ejection
ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he is expecting a fine after being ejected for the third time this season Friday night against the Rays.Washington was ejected for arguing with second-base umpire Chris Guccione in the eighth inning after Julio Borbon was thrown out trying to steal second base. "I'm going to get fined," Washington said. "The one I got fined in Oakland was $500. This one, because it's the second time, it might go up to $750 because it's the second time. I don't know. I think every time you get fined, it's jacked up." Washington had also been ejected on May 3 against the Athletics after Eric Chavez was ruled safe at first with Rich Harden covering. Washington argued the call, thinking Harden had beaten Chavez while keeping his foot on the bag. He had also been ejected against the Mariners for arguing balls and strikes. Washington said he was ejected by Guccione for not necessarily arguing the call itself, but the words that were shared during the exchange. "He just said something I didn't like, and I said something he didn't like," Washington said. "If he would have let me finish what I had to say and accept my little argument, I'd have walked off the field. But he said something and I said something, and he threw me [out]. "I wish he wouldn't have because I could have kept some money in my pocket." Washington is still able to have a good laugh about it, though. "I was just asking him how long he'd been in Texas and what restaurants he'd gone to," Washington said. The Rangers are 3-0 this season when Washington is ejected. But that doesn't change the fact that he doesn't like to be told to leave a game. "I don't like to get ejected. I don't like it," Washington said. "When you get dismissed, that's what hurts. You don't dismiss me, I'm gone anyway. I'm going to go back to the dugout. But he dismissed me."
Reliever Strop optioned to Triple-A
ARLINGTON -- Rangers relief pitcher Pedro Strop was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday after being recalled on Tuesday.Strop had made one appearance for the Rangers after being called up when pitcher Derek Holland left in the second inning against Minnesota with mild inflammation in his left rotator cuff on Sunday. Taking his place on the roster is recently recalled Tommy Hunter, who got the start for the Rangers on Saturday against the Rays. It was Strop's second appearance with the Rangers this season. He pitched one inning of scoreless relief with a strikeout in the Rangers' 9-5 win over Chicago on Wednesday. In 17 relief appearances for Oklahoma City, he is 0-1 with five saves and a 1.74 ERA.
Pitcher Derek Holland played catch on flat ground prior to the Rangers game Saturday against the Rays. Holland is on the disabled list with inflammation in his left rotator cuff. ... Josh Hamilton's home run and double in the fourth inning Friday night was the first time a Rangers player had two extra-base hits in a single inning since Ian Kinsler on Aug. 12, 2008, against the Red Sox. ... Closer Neftali Feliz is now tied for the American League lead in saves with Tampa Bay's Rafael Soriano at 15. ... Reliever Frank Francisco has recorder 12 straight scoreless outings.
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.