Colby Lewis Pitches Eight Scoreless, Gives Rangers Series Win In TB

The Texas Rangers return to the scene of their first ever postseason series victory for the first time since beating the Rays in Game 5 of the 2010 ALDS.

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Rangers Go For Series Win Behind Colby Lewis

The Rangers will look to take another series Wednesday, hours after Evan Longoria and their own bullpen delivered a combo punch to the gut. Starting for the Rangers is Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.90), who struggled early in his last start after a stretch of six strong starts. Lewis allowed six runs (two unearned) in the first two innings before righting the ship and pitching four more scoreless.

David Price (6-4, 3.54) will oppose Lewis for the Rays. Price is on the opposite path, struggling for a few starts before dominating in his most recent outing (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K) against the Indians.

Elvis Andrus is back in the lineup for the Rangers after sitting out with a bruised foot. He will bat in his usual second spot. Craig Gentry will man center field, and Mike Napoli will give Mitch Moreland the day off at first.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 CDT at the Trop. The game will air locally on FSSW.

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Rangers Lineup For Tuesday, 5/31

The Rangers will attack righty Alex Cobb with the following lineup:

1. Ian Kinsler – DH
2. Andres Blanco – SS
3. Josh Hamilton – LF
4. Michael Young – 2B
5. Adrian Beltre – 3B
6. Nelson Cruz – RF
7. Mitch Moreland – 1B
8. Mike Napoli – C
9. Endy Chavez – CF

Jeff Wilson says that Andrus is being held out with a sort left foot. By the superstitious ‘lineup is a creature unto itself’ theory, Blanco must hit in his reserved spot so as to not disturb The Others beyond the North Wall.

Ron Washington continues to ride Napoli’s hot hand behind the plate and Chavez’s similarily hot bat. Jamey Newberg tweets that Julio Borbon has in fact moved from Frisco to Round Rock, with the RoughRiders headed out on a road trip.

Tonght’s Rangers starter C.J. Wilson says that he is ready to #throwstrikes.

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Rangers Vs. Rays: Texas' Offense Looks To Stay Hot Against Alex Cobb

On Monday night, the Rangers pounded Wade Davis en route to scoring 11 runs on 20 hits in an 11-5 victory over the Rays. On Tuesday night, Texas' offense will look to stay hot against Rays starter Alex Cobb.

Cobb has made one start this season, coming on May 1 against the Angels. Cobb lasted only four and a third innings, giving up four runs on four hits while walking four and striking out three. While at AAA Durham, Cobb has pitched well, posting a 1.14 ERA, .246 BAA, walking 10 and striking out 50 in 47.1 innings.

Still, the lineups Cobb faced at AAA aren't exactly as quality as Texas' lineup, especially with Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz back in the fold. 

C.J. Wilson will draw the start for the Rangers, as he looks for his sixth win of the season. Wilson has pitched well this season, as evidenced by his 1.23 WHIP and 3.25 ERA. Wilson has struck out 65 batters and has walked 24 in 74.2 innings of work in 2011.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. CDT, 6:40 p.m. EDT.

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Lone Star Ball On Rangers' Grueling Road

The Rangers sit atop the AL West standings on Memorial Day, with a record of 28-25 and a one-game lead over the Angels and just 1.5 over the A's and Mariners. As Adam Morris of Lone Star Ball chronicles, while this is the same record the 2010 Rangers held after 53 games, the road is about to get much tougher.

Texas plays 17 of their next 20 on the road, and their next 14 games are in a row. We have three games at Tampa, a likely playoff team, followed by four games in Cleveland against the Indians, who have been the best team in the A.L. so far this year. Then there are three games at home against Detroit, followed by four at Minnesota, an off day, three at the Yankees, and three at Atlanta.

Morris also notes the positive end of this gauntlet - Texas faces their easiest schedule stretch immediately afterward. See the entire commentary here.

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Rangers Vs. Rays: Texas Returns To Tampa In ALDS Rematch

The Texas Rangers head to Tampa Bay on Monday to open a three game set against the Rays. It will mark the first time that Texas has visited Tropicana Field since the Rangers defeated the Rays in Game 5 of the 2010 ALDS. The Rangers won the ALDS behind the pitching of Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson - a pair of lefties. On Monday, Texas will send a different lefty to take on the Rays: Derek Holland

Holland has been mediocre through 10 starts this season. Despite owning a 3-1 record, Holland is also the owner of a 4.68 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and .296 BAA. Holland's most recent start came against the White Sox, but a rain delay forced Holland to leave the game after just four innings. Holland had allowed four runs on four hits (two home runs), while striking out four and walking one.

The Rays will send Wade Davis to the mound against the Rangers on Monday night. Davis is the owner of a 4-4 record to go along with a 3.71 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and .258 BAA. While those numbers are solid, Davis has issued 28 free passes on the year while striking out only 30 - an alarming ratio.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. CDT.

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