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Cliff Lee Battered By Cardinals In NLDS

Rangers fans may take a bit of pleasure from Game 2 of the Cardinals/Phillies NLDS. Cliff Lee, who had helped pitched the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 before losing twice to Giants ace Tim Lincecum in the World Series, was staked to a 4-0 lead for Philadelphia, but gave the lead back to St. Louis as the Cardinals went onto win Game 2 of the NLDS, 5-4. 

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Lee decided against re-signing with the Rangers in the offseason and decided to return to the team that traded him to the Seattle Mariners.

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Despite being aided by a Tom Glavine-esque strike zone to start the game, Lee surrendered 12 hits to St. Louis, giving up five runs on 12 hits while walking two and striking out nine. Lee pitched into the seventh inning, but failed to record an out. 

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Lee's line is comparable to C.J. Wilson's line, who lost Game 1 for the Rangers. Wilson pitched five innings, giving up eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. So far, there's no reason for Rangers fans to rue the fact that the Rangers were unable to re-sign Lee. 

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.