ARLINGTON, Texas — Despite a poor start against the Rays in the AL Division Series, Rangers LHP C.J. Wilson will be on the mound when the Championship Series opens Saturday.
Manager Ron Washington said he would wait until he knew his opponent — either the Yankees or Tigers — before deciding on the rest of his rotation, ESPN.com reported.
Wilson was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA in 2231/3 innings during the regular season. He was pounded by Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the ALDS, giving up eight runs, six earned, on seven hits, including three homers in five innings.
The eight runs allowed matched Wilson's season high, set Aug. 27 against the Angels.
CARDINAL HURT: Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker left Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday after grabbing his left hamstring during an at-bat in the fifth inning. The team said Schumaker had a cramp.
ONE ACE IN, ONE OUT: The Yankees plan to have LHP CC Sabathia available in the bullpen for today's Game 5 of their ALDS against the Tigers, manager Joe Girardi said. Detroit manager Jim Leyland said RHP Justin Verlander likely will not be available.
DOWNER: Through five days, the ratings for the Division Series on TBS and TNT were down vs. last year. The first 14 games averaged a 2.3 rating, down 15 percent from a 2.7 for 13 games in a similar period last year. Average viewers per game declined 18 percent from 4,267,000 to 3,513,000.