Touch 'Em All: Angels' Wilson: Two days, two starts

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) delivers to the Texas Rangers in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) delivers to the Texas Rangers in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez)
Posted: May 13, 2012

Angels starter C.J. Wilson became a footnote in baseball's long and well-documented history Saturday when he started in two consecutive games.

Wilson threw only 22 pitches before a 1 hour, 56-minute rain delay in the first inning on Friday night at Texas. The lefthander didn't return after the rain stopped but went back out on Saturday evening.

The last major-leaguer to start consecutive games was Aaron Myette for Texas on Sept. 3 and 4, 2002. Myette was ejected from the first game after only two pitches.

Kid loses his cool

Bryce Harper is 19 and should be a freshman at Nevada-Las Vegas. But he's in the big leagues and in a constant spotlight, so his adventure with a bat, a wall, and a hospital emergency ward are being displayed across America.

The Washington wunderkind went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts Friday night in Cincinnati. After he grounded out in the seventh inning, he went into the tunnel connecting the dugout to the clubhouse and took a whack at the wall. The bat flew back and hit him in the face.

Closing the wound took 10 stitches but he was in the starting lineup again Saturday night, wearing a white bandage over the lump just above his eyebrow.

"No problem, no headache," the 19-year-old outfielder said. "I feel great. Ready to go."

He was 0 for 4 and struck out, but there were no stitches involved.

Class act

Brewers' closer John Axford surrendered three runs to the Cubs in the ninth inning Friday night, his first blown save after 49 straight.

Since his wife, Nicole, had gone into labor with their second child, Axford couldn't stick around, but he penned a note and left it for the writers.

"I put my wife into contractions with my performance tonight," he wrote. "The luck I've had in the past didn't show up tonight. All I can do is begin another streak and keep my head up."

He then lampooned the say-nothing quotes common in locker rooms by ending with "Cliche, cliche ... another cliche," then signed it: "Love, Ax."

Another milestone

The Yankees' Derek Jeter had two hits Saturday, tying Tony Gwynn for 17th on the career list with 3,141, one behind Robin Yount. With 44 more hits he also will pass Paul Waner (3,152), George Brett (3,154), and Cal Ripken (3,184).

Around the bigs

Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes (strained left hand), Cincinnati's Scott Rolen (left shoulder), Baltimore's Mark Reynolds (pulled rib cage muscle), and Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (sore right wrist) all were placed on the 15-day disabled list.


 

Contact Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

 

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