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Rangers Top Angels 1-0

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – C.J. Wilson threw eight shutout innings and Michael Young homered in the opening frame as Texas edged the Angels, 1-0, in the second installment of a four-game series.

Young and Nelson Cruz each had two hits for the Rangers, who won by a 3-2 count Thursday thanks to a solid effort from Cliff Lee. One night later it was Wilson’s (9-5) turn and the southpaw didn’t disappoint, as he allowed four hits and fanned three without walking a batter.

Neftali Feliz retired the side in order in the ninth for his 27th save.

Joe Saunders (6-10), who has just one victory in his last seven starts, just can’t seem to buy a road win against Texas. The lefty limited the Rangers to seven hits, walked one and fanned six over seven innings, but has lost all six of his lifetime starts in Arlington.

Los Angeles, which lost for the 10th time in its last 12 road games, fell seven games behind the AL West-leading Rangers.

Rangers catcher Matt Treanor left after seven innings due to a sprained right knee. He’ll have an MRI on Saturday.

Young clubbed a 3-2 offering over the wall in left-center with one out in the opening inning for his 14th homer of the year.

The Angels didn’t have a runner past first base all night. Alberto Callaspo, playing in his first game in an Angels uniform since being traded from Kansas City on Thursday, singled with one out in the eighth inning. Kevin Frandsen flied out and pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis struck out swinging to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Treanor hit a bouncer off Saunders. The ball caromed to second base where Howie Kendrick made a bare-handed stop and threw to first base for the out. Treanor stepped on the front of the base before tripping over the ankle of Frandsen.

Treanor remained on the ground in pain for a minute or two while he was looked at by the team trainer. He walked off the field and was replaced by Bengie Molina behind the plate for the eighth inning.

Saunders has allowed 15 home runs to the Rangers, his most vs. any opponent…This is the Rangers’ biggest lead since winning the division by eight games in 1999…Texas owns a 5-2 edge thus far in this year’s season series. The Angels have lost in 10 of 13 visits to Rangers Ballpark since the start of last season.

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Tonight's Angels-Rangers Lineups, Including Alberto Callaspo's Angel Debut

Here are tonight’s lineups, which feature Alberto Callaspo’s Angels debut:

Angels
Aybar SS
Kendrick 2B
Abreu RF
Hunter CF
Napoli C
Rivera RF
Callaspo 3B
Frandsen 1B
Willits LF
Saunders P

Rangers
Andrus SS
Young 3B
Kinsler 2B
Guerrero DH
Hamilton CF
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Treanor C
Davis 1B
Wilson P

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Angels Need Win To Keep From Falling Further Behind Rangers

(Sports Network) - Runs were hard to come by for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Thursday's opener of a four-game series versus the hosting Texas Rangers. They'll need a quick fix tonight, given Joe Saunders' career-long struggles against Texas.

The Angels, who are expected to debut new infielder Alberto Callaspo, will try to avoid falling further behind first-place Texas this evening in Arlington.

Last night's opener was no easy task for the Angels, who had to face new Rangers ace Cliff Lee, making his third start for Texas since being acquired from Seattle. Lee picked up his first victory since the trade after holding the Angels to pair of runs on five hits over 8 1/3 innings of a 3-2 Texas win. Neftali Feliz recorded the final two outs for his 26th save.

"Any time you get that deep into the game and give the team a chance, you have to feel good about it," said Lee.

Texas went ahead for good with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, getting an RBI double from Josh Hamilton, who later scored on Bengie Molina's sacrifice fly. Michael Young also homered in the win for the Rangers, who have won four of five and six of eight to push their advantage over the second-place Angels to six games in the American League West.

Angels starter Jered Weaver was solid in the loss, getting charged with three runs over six innings. Mike Napoli homered in defeat for Los Angeles, which has lost two straight and three of four.

"That's what it's all about. Going up against the best," said Weaver. "Tip your cap."

The Angels made a deal before last night's game, shipping pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Will Smith to the Royals for Callaspo. The 27-year-old infielder is expected to join the club today and should see the majority of his playing time at third base after hitting .275 with eight homers and 43 RBI this year with Kansas City.

Callaspo will try to lend his new teammate some support as Saunders looks for his first victory in four starts. Saunders is 0-1 over his last three outings and is coming off a no-decision versus the Mariners on Saturday. The left- hander gave up five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings of work and is 6-9 with a 4.83 ERA this season.

Saunders has yet to face the Rangers this year, but went 0-3 with a 16.88 ERA in three starts versus them last year, yielding 20 runs over 10 2/3 innings. Lifetime against Texas, the 29-year-old is 3-6 with a 7.19 ERA.

Rangers' starter C.J. Wilson seeks a second straight winning start after besting Boston on Sunday with 6 2/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball while also striking out 10 in the outing. The 29-year-old southpaw improved to 8-5 with a 3.23 ERA this year and is 6-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 starts at home.

Wilson, who has allowed more than two earned runs just once in his last eight starts, is 0-1 in two starts versus the Angels this year and 1-3 with five saves and a 5.27 ERA in 30 lifetime outings against Anaheim, three of those starts.

Texas owns a 4-2 edge thus far in this year's season series and swept a two- game set from the Angels in Arlington back in May. Anaheim has lost in nine of 12 visits to Rangers Ballpark since the start of last season.

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