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MLB Opening Day 2012: Texas Rangers Set To Open Season Friday

At long last, Opening Day is nearly upon us, and the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers will open the 2012 season on Friday, April 6 against the Chicago White Sox.

It's been an interesting offseason to say the least for the Rangers. Texas lost their second lefty ace in as many years through free agency, as C.J. Wilson left Arlington to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Jon Daniels and the Rangers replaced Wilson with Yu Darvish, who has shown Rangers fans throughout the spring that he has the ability to be a top of the rotation pitcher.

It will be Colby Lewis though, not Darvish, who starts on Opening Day against the White Sox. Lewis went 14-10 for the Rangers last year, with a 4.40 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Lewis was undone by the longball last year, surrendering 35 home runs in 200.1 innings.

After opening against the White Sox, the Rangers will host the Mariners for a four game set before headed out to Minnesota on the first road trip of the year.

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