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C.J. faces only 5 batters in rainy return to Texas

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)

Angels starter C.J. Wilson threw to only five batters in his return to Texas. His anticipated matchup against Yu Darvish was done after a 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay.

After Darvish struck out two of the four batters he faced in the top of the first Friday night, Wilson struck out Ian Kinsler to start the bottom half of the inning.

Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre then had consecutive infield singles for a 1-0 lead. Michael Young walked to load the bases before umpires stopped the game as heavy rain began to fall.

When play resumed, Angels right-hander Jerome Williams replaced Wilson on the mound, and Nelson Cruz greeted him with a two-run single on the first pitch. Young then scored on a fielder's choice grounder.

Wilson was charged with four runs after giving up three hits and a walk.

The Rangers had a 6-0 lead in the first after Craig Gentry's two-run triple off Williams, who had been scheduled to started Saturday's game.

Darvish returned to the game after the rain stopped and worked into the sixth. He struck out seven in 5 1-3 innings while giving up three runs, on homers by Mike Trout and Torii Hunter. He left with a 9-3 lead.

Hamilton homered twice off Williams, his second multihomer game this week. The other was Tuesday night in Baltimore when he became only the 16th major league to hit four homers in a game.

Wilson left the Rangers after their second consecutive World Series as a free agent last winter and signed with the AL West rival Angels. The Rangers later acquired Darvish, the Japanese standout they had been scouting for more than two years.

Also after the delay, Mike Napoli moved from first base for Texas to catcher for Yorvit Torrealba, who had a head bruise after he got struck on the side of the head by the splintered bat of Albert Pujols in the top of the first.

Torrealba dropped to the ground after Pujols followed through on his swing and the bat struck the catcher's mask with so much force that it was knocked off his head. After being given a few minutes to gather himself, Torrealba remained in the game then.

Pujols' bat splintered in half, and the barrel of the bat wound up in foul territory near third base not far from where Young caught the popup for an out.

Tagged: Angels, Rangers, Michael Young, Albert Pujols, Yorvit Torrealba, Jerome Williams, C.J. Wilson

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