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Rangers Rotation Set: Colby Lewis Starts Opening Day, Yu Darvish To Start April 9

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington announced his rotation Thursday, and as expected, Colby Lewis will get the nod on Opening Day against the Chicago White Sox. The much anticipated debut of Yu Darvish will occur on April 9, when the Rangers host the Seattle Mariners.

Lewis has pitched over 200 innings each of the past two years for Texas, and went 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA and 1.21 WHIP last year. Lewis' ERA was pumped up because of his propensity to give up the long ball, as he allowed a staggering 35 homers last year.

Darvish, meanwhile, will start the fourth game of the season against the Mariners -- in a game that the Japanese media will be sure to have a field day with. Darvish will face off against a relatively weak Mariners offense, but will have to face fellow Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki.

Derek Holland and Matt Harrison will start the second and third games of the year, while Neftali Feliz slides in as the No. 5 starter.

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