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05/28/10 11:12 PM ET

Wilson, Pavano not defined by simple numbers

Don't stare too closely at the statistics for Rangers starter C.J. Wilson and Twins hurler Carl Pavano.

The numbers only tell part of the story.

In his previous start against the Cubs, Wilson suffered through a four-run first inning and finished the game with five runs allowed in 6 1/3 innings. Over his past two starts, Wilson's ERA is 10.80.

Moreover, Wilson has also given up three home runs in his past two games after putting together 87 2/3 homerless innings dating back to last season.

He remains the newest ace in Texas.

"You get 0-2 and the dude hits a bleeder through the infield," Wilson said. "Then you get 0-2 and the dude hits another bleeder through the infield. It's just maybe throwing too many strikes and bad bounces."

In 17 games against the Twins, Wilson is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA and three saves, but those all came in the form of relief appearances. He has never started against Minnesota.

Pavano has the lowest ERA of the Twins' starters, but he also has the least amount of run support -- Minnesota scored only 23 runs in his nine appearances. He has lost four of his past five starts and is sitting on a two-game losing streak. Yet despite his losing record, Pavano has pitched at least six innings in seven of his nine starts.

His teammates remain optimistic.

"You're gonna struggle at times, and there's going to be times when everything you hit drops," said Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer. "As long as we continue to make opportunities, that's all that matters."

Pavano pitched well in his prior outing, hurling eight innings and striking out five against the Brewers. The veteran allowed four runs in the game -- three coming off home runs. The Twins left 14 men on base in that game.

"Obviously, home runs beat us," Pavano said. "Throwing strikes and keeping the ball in the park. We pitched well there, and I know we came out with only one win, but we're playing really good baseball."

Rangers at the plate:
Elvis Andrus has hit safely in 23 of his past 26 games. ... Ian Kinsler has been successful in 25 of his 27 career steal attempts of third base.  Kinsler's drive down the left-field line in the fourth inning was overturned after reviewing the play, the second use of instant replay on an apparent home run at Target Field this year. The first came on April 12 against Boston, when a Mike Cameron home run was also overturned and ruled a foul ball. ... Young went 0-for-4 Friday to end his hitting streak at 12 games.

Twins at the plate:
Cuddyer hit his third double of the season Friday in the eighth inning and is batting .310 (9-for-29) with four doubles, a triple, three walks and three RBIs on the seven-game homestand. ... Joe Mauer has thrown out five of 14 attempted base stealers this season. He has now hit safely in four straight games. ... Orlando Hudson has racked up 10 runs on the homestand. ... Jon Rauch has converted 11 of 13 save attempts this season. He has not allowed a run in five career innings against the Rangers.

Worth noting
The Twins announced their 23rd sellout of the season Friday and 22nd consecutive sellout. The 39,581 fans in attendance marked the largest crowd in Target Field's brief history. ... The Rangers are now 15-26 in their debut in a new park, including losses in each of their past five. They Rangers have lost four of their past five games overall after winning five straight games.

 

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