- Associated Press - Thursday, October 14, 2010

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - The New York Yankees avoid Cliff Lee until Game 3 of the AL championship series. In the opener, they instead face a Texas Rangers left-hander who has been greatly influenced by the postseason ace in their short time as teammates.

C.J. Wilson, a 15-game winner in the regular season, starts Game 1 against the Yankees on Friday night. He jokes that he was actually a right-handed second baseman before Lee arrived.

Wilson was already making an impressive transition from reliever in his long-desired chance to be a Rangers starter again. But when Texas acquired Lee on July 9, Wilson immediately began watching him and asking questions.

Wilson says Lee has helped him stay in his “little zone.”