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Wilson looks to make early losing streak stop in season debut

C.J. Wilson, shown in this photo taken during his final Cactus League start in Arizona, looks to get his first win of the season on Tuesday as the Angels face the Mariners.
C.J. Wilson, shown in this photo taken during his final Cactus League start in Arizona, looks to get his first win of the season on Tuesday as the Angels face the Mariners.
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One game into the 2014 season, and C.J. Wilson already finds himself in a familiar situation.

The southpaw will look to get the first win of the young season for himself and his teammates as the Angels face off against the Seattle Mariners in the middle game of a three-game set at Angel Stadium.

Last season, Wilson ended up being thrust into the role of staff ace following an injury to Jered Weaver and responded by setting a career high with 17 victories, with five of those wins coming after a loss by the Halos.

He'll also be facing a team in the Mariners that he has had plenty of success against.

In 54 career appearances against Seattle (17 starts), Wilson is 14-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 140 innings. The numbers also include seven saves when the 33-year-old was a reliever and eventually the closer for the Texas Rangers from 2007-09.

The Angels will also look to get the bullpen back on track following an ugly 2014 debut. In the team's season opening 10-3 loss on Monday, the relief corps was hammered for six runs in the ninth inning, five of them charged to Kevin Jepsen.

The hard-throwing right-hander struck out Mike Zunino and Abraham Almonte to start the inning, but then was hit hard as Brad Miller singled, Robinson Cano doubled and Justin Smoak homered to put the game away. Jepsen was yanked two batters later after walking both Logan Morrison and Kyle Seager.

Offensively, the Angels managed to get three runs off starter Felix Hernandez courtesy of a two-run homer by Mike Trout in the first inning and an RBI double by Albert Pujols in the third.

However, Hernandez settled down after that, allowing just two baserunners in his final three innings of work.

Seattle will send out Erasmo Ramirez in the second game.

Normally further down in the rotation, Ramirez gets the start after Hernandez while Hisashi Iwakuma continues his recovery from a torn tendon on his pitching hand suffered during early Spring workouts.

The 23-year-old righty is 0-2 in three career starts against the Angels, but with a solid 2.41 ERA in 18-2/3 innings of work.