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09/04/10 3:26 PM ET

Wilson, Rangers out to halt Target Field woes

Target Field is officially a house of horrors for the Rangers.

On the same day the Rangers lost yet another game at the home of the Twins -- dropping them to 0-5 for the season -- they also lost two of their most important players for at least a couple of games.

After being pulled from Friday's game with some tightness in his lower back, Josh Hamilton had to leave Saturday's game with bruised ribs on his left side. Hamilton injured himself hitting the wall in the third inning while making a catch on Delmon Young's long fly ball.

X-rays were negative, but Hamilton likened it to an injury he had in April 2009 when he hit the wall in Toronto.

"I went back the wall, felt the track and thought I was closer to the wall than I was," Hamilton said. "I rolled my ankle and fell into the wall rather than running into it."

Shortstop Elvis Andrus also left the game after three innings of defense with a tight right hamstring, which has been lingering for the last couple of days.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Hamilton and Andrus will not play Sunday, and probably won't play Monday in Toronto.

The two injuries are a blow for Texas, which looked to have its best opportunity to best the burgeoning Target Field curse in Sunday's series finale, when left-hander C.J. Wilson will oppose Minnesota righty Nick Blackburn.

Wilson is coming off a two-hit, 7 2/3-inning performance in his last outing against Kansas City, and also is the only American League pitcher with seven wins since the All-Star break. During that span, Wilson has posted a 1.99 ERA.

"Just like the first half, I'm going about my routine and everything is the same," Wilson said after his last start. "But the more looks I get at a team, the better I can analyze them. I know my strengths and what works against them. It gives me an edge. Everybody now I've pitched against before, so I am able to prepare more for them."

Blackburn will make his 20th start of the season, after missing his scheduled Friday start when he was forced into relief action Thursday against the Tigers. In his relief outing, Blackburn allowed one run in one inning. Since returning from the Minors, Blackburn has pitched wonderfully, including throwing 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Mariners on Aug. 28.

Rangers: Tough times at Target
If the cards fall into place for a Minnesota-Texas matchup in the playoffs, the Rangers better hope they have home-field advantage. Saturday's 12-4 loss continued the Rangers' season-long struggles at Target Field. The only tougher ballpark for Texas is AT&T Park, where the Rangers are 0-9. But for as much as the Rangers have struggled at Target Field, it's only a sample size of their road woes, in which they have lost 10 of 15. Overall, Texas has lost seven of its past 10. ... David Murphy was off Saturday, but will be back in the lineup Sunday. In his last 28 games, Murphy is hitting .341 (31-for-91) with 20 RBIs and 13 walks.

Twins: Revere on his way up
Twins 2007 first-round Draft pick Ben Revere is set to join the Twins on Sunday. Before Saturday's game, manager Ron Gardenhire dropped strong hints that Revere could be coming up from Double-A New Britain. Revere is not on Minnesota's 40-man roster, so the team will have to clear space for him to be added. Revere's arrival will bring some much-needed depth to a thin outfield. "I need protection in the outfield," Gardenhire said. "I think we've seen that enough already, especially as you're going along in the game, just like the other night, when I end up putting a DH in the game as an outfielder. We don't need that. We should have another player and it shouldn't be an infielder, in a playoff race."

Worth noting
Jim Thome's two home runs moved him past Mark McGwire into ninth place on the all-time home run list with 584. ... Washington is scheduled to play in Sunday's Twins Legends game, a game of Twins alumni, beginning at 12:35 p.m. CT at Target Field. Washington was in the Twins organization from 1980-87. Former Rangers and Twins lefty Eddie Guardado also is scheduled to participate.

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