C.J. Wilson leads the Los Angeles Angels to a victory over the Minnesota Twins

C.J. Wilson took the mound for a highly anticipated start, and was able to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Wilson pitched seven innings, allowed three hits, and struck out five in his debut. He allowed one run, which came from a home run by Josh Willingham.

The left-hander joined the Angels during the off-season, signing a $77.5 million deal.

Last season Wilson was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA. This spring, he was the Angels’ best pitcher having a 1.11 ERA in 24 1/3 innings.

“We have a long way to go. We just have to concentrate on playing the best baseball we can. It doesn’t really have anything to do with who’s hitting the home run or who’s getting the win,” Wilson said about his performance.

The Angels’ offense was off to a good start early in the game with 2 runs coming in the first inning from a Bobby Abreu double off of Nick Blackburn.

The next three runs came in the seventh inning, also off of Blackburn. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits. He also recorded 15 straight outs in one stretch.

All-star first baseman Albert Pujols, who the Angels signed during the off-season, did not get the ball out of the infield, only reaching on a fielders choice.

The Angels and Twins will meet again Wednesday night.

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