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C.J.: Division Title Goes Through Rangers

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    C.J. Wilson is still somewhat friendly with, well, some of his former teammates with the Texas Rangers. He was spotted on the MLB All-Star Game telecast chatting it up with his former starting rotation mate Matt Harrison in the AL dugout during the NL's 8-0 win over the AL, which locked up homefield advantage in the World Series for the National League for the third straight year.

    And even though Wilson is now hurling for the Los Angeles Angels, the Rangers' chief rival in the AL West that used to own the division until the Rangers became relevant in 2010, he knows where the power currently lies in the division.

    Wilson, who missed the All-Star Game with a blister on his throwing hand, is having a fine season with a 9-5 record and a 2.43 ERA, but said being on the other side of the AL West rivalry gives him a unique perspective of being on both sides — one that might only be shared by current Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, who was with the Angels in 2010 before coming to Texas last season. Those two, of course, had a well-publicized Twitter feud that resulted in Wilson tweeting out Napoli's cell phone number to his thousands of followers.

    "It was the same sensation with the Rangers the first time, 'We really have to take it to Anaheim,'" Wilson told reporters. "Now I'm on the other side and we're saying, 'We can't let Texas take this a third year in a row.'"

    The race heats back up on Friday when Texas heads to Seattle and Los Angeles goes to New York to face the Yankees.