C.J. Wilson

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    April 4, 2013

    Former Rangers Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson Team Up for Weird Shampoo Commercial

    Apparently, Head & Shoulders and Old Spice have teamed up to create a deodorizing shampoo. And Proctor & Gamble has apparently apparently picked C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton to pitch it. They co-star in the commercial above, with a cameo from Hamilton's wife. Troy Polamalu and Old Spice Guy they a ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Are Yu Kidding Me? The Texas Rangers Are About to Open the Bank Vault For Darvish.

    ​In winning the well-publicized bidding for Yu Darvish shortly after 10 Monday night, the Texas Rangers have positioned themselves to sign the famous Japanese hurler to one of the riskiest contracts in baseball history. And unless the 25-year-old right-hander immediately establishes himself among ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Hell of a Day to Be a Texas Rangers Fan as Angels Snap up Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson

    ​What you see at right is the artwork currently decorating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's website: side-by-side pics of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, both of whom are now Angels. The now-former Cardinal's deal is for 10 years and worth between $250 and $260 million, and is said to include a ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Exploring Texas Rangers' Options as Wheelin' and Dealin' Begins at Hilton Anatole

    Photo by Sam MertenThe scene yesterday afternoon in the lobby of the Hilton Anatole.​Likely bracing for the departure of free-agent hurler C.J. Wilson, the Texas Rangers have already inked former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million contract and announced Neftali Feli ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    After Club Signs Nathan, Moves Neffy to Rotation, Rangers Offer Wilson Arbitration

    ​My bad. Been meaning to get back in here and post something, anything, of note, and there's been plenty in recent days. And as Josh's Broken Groin notes, it's been way too long. So then, to today's Breaking, or Broken, Rangers News: The club has offered salary arbitration for next season to C.J. ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Guts, Not Gaffes Give Texas an Opportunity for the Kill Shot: Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 6 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersMike Napoli celebrates his game-winning double in the eighth inning of Game 5.​The intellect of one of the best managers and greatest players in baseball history short-circuited at the worst possible times for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series, but Monday night ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Leaving on a High Note: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 5 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersSouthpaw Derek Holland exits last night's masterpiece in style -- something C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers hope to emulate tonight.​I expected Derek Holland to finally realize his potential as a top-of-the-rotation arm in the American League Championship Series. That, of course ... More >>

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    October 22, 2011

    Stealing the Mojo: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 3 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersIan Kinsler completes the best defensive play I've seen in my 25 years watching the Fall Classic -- a diving stop by Elvis Andrus and flip to Kinsler with his glove to end the fifth inning of Game 2. Just spectacular athleticism displayed by Andrus.​If you've read my piece about S ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Refusing to Let Championship Dreams Wash Away: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 2 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas Rangers​Sometimes the worst managerial moves are the ones that weren't made, but the focus tends to be on the ones that were. The vast majority of media and fans across the country agree that Tony La Russa out-managed Ron Washington in Game 1 of the World Series last night, which is har ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    The World Series Drinking Game

    Let's hope the Rally Squirrel is trapped under there somewhere​The Rangers have been a drink-worthy team ever since their inception. For 35 years, they've induced summers of binge-drinking to drown out varying degrees of sorrow. The last two seasons, on the other hand, have made us raise our g ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Memo to Ron Washington: It's the, Um, Postseason, Just In Case You Forgot

    Photos by Sam MertenPerhaps more than any of his players, Ron Washington needs to break out of his postseason slump.​After the Texas Rangers fired Buck Showalter following the 2006 season, general manager Jon Daniels interviewed five candidates. Of course, there was Ron Washington, a longtime ... More >>

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    October 8, 2011

    Verlander, Smerlander: ALCS Preview and Rangers-Tigers Game 1 Open Thread

    [Editor's note: At the request of a few regulars, we're going with a rare weekend-night open thread to celebrate the Rangers' second straight appearance in the American League Championship Series. Will we do this again tomorrow? Hard to say. Let's see how tonight goes. I'll be in and out, but tonigh ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Counting Down the Many Highlights of This Rangers Season Before First Pitch of the ALDS

    Doesn't seem like that long ago we were just here: trying to work and watch a Rangers post-season game. Today's extended dance remix of the 2011 major league season starts at 4:07 this afternoon at the Ballpark in Arlington, with Texas, for the first time ever, facing Rays rookie Matt Moore, who has ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Moneyball My Ass. The Oakland A's are Flat-Out Embarrassing.

    ​The much-anticipated movie Moneyball opens in theaters next week. Perhaps the Oakland A's should insert Brad Pitt into their give-a-shit lineup, because he can't be any worse than what they're currently trotting out there. Didn't see a lot of Texas 8, Oakland 1 Sunday because I was fixated ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Time For Y'all to Admit It: C.J. Wilson is a Bona Fide Ace

    ​No doubt Kenny Rogers is the Rangers' best all-time left-handed pitcher. But is C.J. Wilson already No. 2? He further helped his cause Tuesday night in Tampa, somehow resisting his stupid, "instinctive" urge to bare-hand comebackers long enough to shut out the Rays in a complete-game, 8-0 v ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Triumph Over Tragedy: Rangers Roll Into All-Star Break

    ​Thursday: The lowest point in the history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Sunday: The high point of Texas' baseball season. Was sitting at a blackjack table in Las Vegas when I looked up and saw Nolan Ryan in front of a microphone on TV. As the closed caption scrolled "Josh is very di ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    BYOHotDog. BYONachos. BYOCooler to the Rangers Game, Beetches!

    Ranger pitcher C.J. Wilson.​Yay! You're going to a Rangers game! Boo. It's a million dumbgrees outside. Whatever. You're a true fan. So, suck it up. Clearly, they need you out there right about now. If you're going to a game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, you immediately know a few things: ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    C.J. Wilson and Supermodel Chanel Iman Will Get Your Rangers Panties in a Twist

    ​Meant to get to this two days ago, when Texas Rangers Executive Vice President of Communications John Blake sent out the announcement, but it's not too late to make it to NorthPark Center by 1 p.m. That's when C.J. Wilson and Chanel Iman (well, hello) are scheduled to stop by Victoria's Secret to ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    The Rangers Aren't Winning, and Now C.J. Wilson is ... Whining?

    ​Hello, win column! third place.The Rangers started 9-1. But since Josh Hamilton broke his arm on that daring/dumb dash for home plate in Detroit on April 12, they're 9-17.That equals 18-18. That equals -- for the first time since April 30, 2010 -- third place in the AL West behind the Angels ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    My Top 21 Texas Rangers in the History of Ever

    ​C.J. Wilson was superb in last night's much-needed win over Seattle. Pedro Strop is gone. Mark Lowe is back (uh-oh). Tommy Hunter and Nefali Feliz are getting close. And dazzling Cuban defector Leonys Martin is fast-tracking our way.In the middle of a very transitory Rangers season I was ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Even Ron Washington is Making the Right Calls During Rangers' 9-1 Start

    ​The Rangers are 9-1, their best start in franchise history. They've outscored their opponents a ridiculous 60-26. They've beaten the aces of Boston (Jon Lester), Seattle (Felix Hernandez) and now Detroit (Justin Verlander). They're hitting homers, getting immaculate starting pitching and winn ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Which Of Your Texas Rangers Has The Coolest Intro Music?

    ​Last week, the Morning News' Rangers beat writer/columnist Evan Grant shared the music being used at the start of this baseball season by most of your Texas Rangers players -- either at-bat music or welcome-to-the-mound stuff, naturally.The best news that wasn't? Grant reported that catcher Mike ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    If the Texas Rangers Pitch Like This They'll Go 162-0

    Alexi Ogando: Another quality start. Another win. Ho-hum.​I don't trust Mark Lowe. Mason Tobin doesn't yet belong on a Major League mound. And Julio Borbon makes me a little nervous in center field.But that's it, the extent of my minuscule Texas Rangers concerns through five games. 5-0, ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 17, 2011

    Rockies 11, Rangers 10: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Crowd last night was around 8,000, just a couple days after a record 12,000 for Rangers-Giants. As opposed to the Royals-A's on Tuesday, when I swear there weren't 1,000 people here. Nothing like a World Series to crowd the bandwagon. 9. I've said it before and I'll say it again: N ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    It's Never Too Early For Spring Training Knee-Jerk Reactions

    Photo by Sam MertenIan Kinsler could be gearing up for a career year.​You hear it every year around this time: Spring training stats are meaningless. And, sure, while that can be true for guys like Doug Deeds -- the 29-year-old career minor leaguer who's hitting .357 with two homers and four RBI f ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Texas Rangers' Pitching Staff: No. 3 in the AL West

    ​I fully admit it, at the end of last season I was calling for C.J. Wilson to pitch Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Considering the way he'd pitched all year and the way Cliff Lee had struggled at times it made sense. Turns out both pretty pitched damn skippy in the playof ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Werth It? Doing the Rangers' Math as Fat Contracts Swirl Around MLB Winter Meetings.

    Photos by Sam MertenDamn. If Jayson Werth commands a seven-year, $126 million deal, how much is this guy worth?​Prior to the beginning of baseball's winter meetings yesterday at Walt Disney World Resort, a flurry of activity resulted in big-name players dealt and fat contracts inked. Predictab ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    2010 World Series - Rangers vs. Giants: Game 2 Preview

    Given my druthers, I'd rather get blown out than lose a heart-breaker. We could digest and regurgitate and over-analyze the Texas Rangers' 11-7 World Series Game 1 loss to the San Francisco Giants here Wednesday night, or we could simply say that - for the first time in his ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    2010 ALCS - Rangers-Yankees: Game 5 Preview

    Can it end right here? Right now? Abso-friggin'-lutely!​Pssst, I'm not supposed to talk about this. Like a no-no in the 7th inning, baseball's unwritten etiquette says you're not supposed to whisper a word about celebratory plans. Especially when you're on the enemy's fabled field. But ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Rangers-Yankees: You Ready For History?!

    ​We're about two hours from Pitch 1 of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. I'm at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington where Nolan Ryan is talking to the national media, Josh Hamilton is taking batting practice and the glorious sun i ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Rangers-Rays: Game 2 Preview

    ​We waited 5,100 days in between Texas Rangers' playoff wins. Might we suddenly get two within 24 hours?   As dominant as Cliff Lee was in the Rangers' 5-1 Game 1 victory on Wednesday, I like the matchup of C.J. Wilson over Tampa's James Shields even more in Game 2 today at 1:37. You ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Game 1 of the Texas Rangers Playoffs I'm Handing the Ball To ...

    ​Nope, not our Lord and Southpaw Savior Cliff Lee. C.J. Wilson. Why? Because at this point I trust him more. Because at this point he's the best pitcher on the staff. No? Amazing for a pitcher who a couple years ago drew our ire when he disgustingly flipped the ball to manager Ron Washin ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Whitt's End: 8.27.10

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *By no means am I an alarmist, but we need to see something positive from the Cowboys' first-team offense Saturday night in Houston. One long drive that ends in a touchdown. That's all. Give me that ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 26, 2010

    Fat Lady May Be Warming Up, But Rangers Haven't Won The West ... Yet

    ​I'll say it, Texas Rangers' fever is at an all-time high. Sunday night's 6-4 win improved Tommy Hunter to 8-0, allowed the Rangers to win three of four from the Anaheim Angels and pushed their lead to seven games with 63 remaining. More than 160,000 fans went to Arlington Thursday-Sunday. Wi ... More >>

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    April 4, 2010

    Everything Old is New Again in Arlington, On the Brink of a New Rangers Season

    Patrick MichelsMichael Young takes a few cuts before Friday night's exhibition.​For the first time since fall, the smell of hot dogs on the grills overtook the Ballpark in Arlington Friday afternoon, as the stadium came rumbled back to life for an evening exhibition against the Royals -- ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Welcome to the Day After March 31

    ​*Ron Washington's first and only experience with cocaine came at age 57? Of course I believe him. Why wouldn't I? *Okay, I admit it. I secretly, desperately wish I wrote for the Dallas Morning News and talked for 1310 AM The Ticket and admit that my jealously bleeds through into my sub- ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Day "Off": My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Decided to take a day off today. At least from 105.3 The Fan. I'm working on a cover story for next week's Dallas Observer, plus I've contracted some ornery strand of the common cold that has me so congested that diced jalapenos taste like nothing but texture.  Seeing that I spent ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Some Random, Frustrated Thoughts on Your Texas Rangers

    Yeah, he had some help. But he blew it.​*Catching and throwing the ball has rarely been a problem this season, but yesterday's 5-3 loss was hideously reminiscent of years gone by. First off, I blame C.J. Wilson. The worst thing you can do when protecting a 1-run lead is walk the l ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    Who Ruined Your Easter?

    Aside from the Almighty He/She/It having the audacity to conjure up a downpour and wash out sunrise services across the Metroplex, which Texas culprit laid an egg Sunday and did the leaster for your Easter? 1. Dallas Mavericks 2. Texas Rangers 3. Chad Campbell The evidence:

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    April 9, 2009

    After a Dynamic Season Opener, Rangers Fans are Seeing Red

    The Rangers' debut was shockingly accessorized by pitching, defense and, don't look now, relevance.

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    April 6, 2009

    Strangers 9, Indians 1

    Seriously, who are these guys decked out in red? *The starting pitcher (Kevin Millwood) throws six shutout innings, the first Ranger to do so since Charlie Hough in 1989. *The 20-year-old shortstop (Elvis Andrus) gets a hit in his first at-bat and ranges on the first-base side of second, turning sin ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    You Could Use Some ... Baseball?

    Approximately 5,000 fans braved freezing temperatures and decades of losing at Saturday's Rangers Fan Fest in Arlington. I was one of them. The highlights: *General manager Jon Daniels says he's recently talked to shortstop third baseman Michael Young and that their relationship is on the ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Ranger Danger

    Shelved with bone spurs, maybe C.J. can contort himself into a career with Circque Du Soleil. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not coming in here to take up for C.J. Wilson. The dude has long been a clown who this year in spring training pissed off his teammates with his hot political views. And last ... More >>

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    February 1, 2008

    You Could Use Some Baseball? Yeah, So Could You.

    Maybe we should just use this season to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this storied Rangers team. Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t Your Texas Rangers at least be faking like they give a damn about the upcoming season? Using last year’s “You Could Use Some Baseball” slogan again this ye ... More >>

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    August 9, 2007
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    July 19, 2007

    Lunchtime Dot Race, Anyone?

    Unfair Park HQ is just a few stop lights away from the new Texas Rangers store on McKinney Ave., so maybe you'll see us there this afternoon for an, ahem, historic occasion: "the first ever LIVE dot race outside Rangers Ballpark," promises the press release the very persistent Rangers Communication ... More >>

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    March 9, 2007
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    January 10, 2007

    Rangers to Host Town Hall Meeting Tonight. Just Don't Ask About Mark Mulder. Whatever You Do.

    Word is Mark Mulder has re-signed with his former team and not, yup, Your Texas Rangers. Our pal Jamey Newberg, of The Newberg Report, sends word of an odd happening tonight: a Texas Rangers Town Hall Meeting. It's taking place at the Academy Sports & Outdoors location on Forest Lane and North Centr ... More >>

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