Ron Washington has knocked out one of his to-do's prior to the beginning of the American League Championship Series between his Texas Rangers versus either the New York Yankees or the Detroit Tigers.
Who will be the Game 1 starter? Check.
That "check" is 16-game winner C.J. Wilson. The 30-year old lefty has proven to be the Rangers most reliable starting pitcher, and although Wilson struggled in his only pitching appearance in the ALDS, Washington is confidence in his left-handed hurler. For good reason, as Wilson was the starter in Game 1 of the ALCS in 2010 versus the Yankees. Wilson allowed three runs in seven innings, before the Yankees capitalized on poor pitching from the bullpen and took the Game 1 victory.
Other than naming the Game 1 starter, Washington has made no decisions on the rotation or lineup. The Rangers were off on Wednesday and plan to resume workouts on Thursday. If the Yankees win Game 5 versus the Tigers, the Rangers will work out in Arlington Friday morning before flying out to New York City.
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