ARLINGTON, Texas -- When his day was over, Rangers starter C.J. Wilson finished his first Opening Day stat by allowing four runs --two earned -- on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Wilson's pitch count was pretty high; he threw 109 with 70 of them for strikes.
Wilson did retire nine of the last 10 hitters he faced. Yet he threw 73 pitches after just four innings.
"I was around the plate but I wasn’t ahead in the count as much as I would have wanted to be and therefore they weren’t aggressive early in the count," Wilson said. "That team in particular is so disciplined because they’re so talented, they trust themselves and they know they don’t have to hack at the first pitch."
Boston was patient and fouled off several pitches that frustrated Wilson.
"As a pitcher, I love when guys are in swing mode," he said. "When they just go out and hack and then it allows me to get away with just marginal pitches."
Wilson is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox with the lineup hitting just .183 against him.
It's interesting to note when Wilson pitches, the Rangers win. He was 11-3 at Rangers Ballpark last season, which tied for second with four others for the most home victories.