ARLINGTON -- Friday night's 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay in the first inning halted C.J. Wilson's first meeting against his former team and his return to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. But after being charged with four earned runs and suffering the loss in a 10-3 defeat, the former Rangers ace will start for the Angels again on Saturday afternoon.
When he does, Wilson will become the first pitcher to start consecutive games since former Rangers righty Aaron Myette, who was ejected after four pitches on Sept. 3, 2002, then started the following day.
"When you start getting even 45 minutes to an hour, it's a possibility [to come back], but when you get to a 2-hour delay, it's a lot you're asking a pitcher to do," manager Mike Scioscia said of Wilson, who threw 22 pitches. "He didn't throw that much to where the bounceback tomorrow shouldn't be really routine for him. He always bounces back well from his outings, anyway, so we'd rather start him fresh tomorrow."
After the delay, Scioscia instead went with scheduled Saturday starter Jerome Williams, who helped yield a six-run first inning and was charged with six earned runs on 11 hits in a 6 2/3-inning outing. The Rangers went a different direction, keeping Yu Darvish, who got the win after giving up three runs on three hits, three walks and striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings.
That had something to do with the circumstances coming in.
The Angels were off Thursday, which allowed Williams to go on normal rest. The Rangers played a doubleheader on Thursday and were already backed up with their pitching staff.
"We kept him warm and we kept him throwing," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He wanted to pitch and we kept him throwing. He said he showed up to pitch. He didn't show up to throw one inning and call it quits."
Scioscia took no public exception to the decision to start the game on time instead of waiting for the storm to pass through first, saying: "We knew going into the game that there was a possibility of a little weather coming, but nobody has a crystal ball."
Scioscia's rotation will stay the same after Saturday, with Jered Weaver pitching the series finale Sunday and Dan Haren -- who was nursing tightness in his lower back but successfully got through a bullpen session Friday -- going Monday against the Athletics.