C.J. Wilson to start ALCS Game 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Left-hander C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against either the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium or the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Saturday.

Beyond that, manager Ron Washington said the club will wait to see which opponent it will face before determining the rest of the rotation.

The team was off Wednesday and will resume workouts in Arlington Thursday. If the Rangers play the Yankees, they'll work out briefly in Arlington Friday morning and then fly to New York.

Wilson was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA in 2011 in 223 1/3 innings pitched. He struggled in his only start in the ALDS, giving up eight runs, six earned, on seven hits -- three of those were homers -- with a walk and six strikeouts in five innings.

The eight runs allowed matched Wilson's season high, set Aug. 27 against the Angels. He gave up eight runs only one other time, Aug. 5, 2005, versus Baltimore.
He pitched just 2 2/3 innings that day and surrendered the eight runs (all earned) on nine hits.

Wilson started Game 1 of the ALCS in 2010, pitching a quality start with three runs allowed in seven innings, but the bullpen couldn't hold a late lead to the Yankees in Arlington.

Washington said Alexi Ogando will remain in the bullpen for the ALCS. He pitched the sixth inning in Game 2, the seventh in Game 3 and the eighth in Game 4 of the ALDS and was instrumental in helping the club move on to the next round, giving up just one hit and no runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

"He gives us too much right now in the scenario that we're in (to change things)," Washington said.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.