C.J. Wilson said that he will be the Rangers' starting pitcher Friday on Opening Day against Boston despite having to leave Saturday's game after two innings against Chicago with tightness in his left hamstring.
Wilson downplayed the severity of the injury, saying that the tightness was the aftermath of a heavy running session a day earlier. He threw 50 pitches in two innings and went to the bullpen to throw 25 to 30 more.
"I was just a little tight from spring yesterday, and it just didn't loosen up," Wilson said. "After that really, really long first, it was difficult for me to keep it going. So, they figured not to take a chance."
Mitch Moreland hit his fourth spring homer as the Rangers scored five times in the first against former TCU star Andrew Cashner. But the Rangers never scored again as Cashner and three relievers allowed only three hits over the final eight innings.
The Rangers' bullpen pitched well in relief of Wilson, who allowed three runs. Brett Tomko, bidding to be the Rangers' long man, allowed three runs in five innings, and Mark Lowe and Neftali Feliz each pitched a scoreless inning.
-- Jeff Wilson