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April 25, 2010

A few postgame thoughts

The value of Colby Lewis' outing Sunday will be determined the next few days. After surrendering four runs on seven hits in the first two innings, he didn't allow anything else until a one-out walk in the seventh that ended his game. Had he not found something -- it was his off-speed pitches, he said -- the Rangers could have been in serious trouble. Their past two starters, Scott Feldman and Rich Harden, didn't go five innings, and both long relievers had thrown. The bullpen might not have been able to survive a third straight day of heavy work without reinforcements from the minors.

Bench coach Jackie Moore has learned that a member of his immediate family has passed. No other details were immediately known or released by the club. The clubhouse was closed to the media out of respect to Moore shortly after the game.

Andres Blanco had two more hits and played flawlessly at second base. Either he or Joaquin Arias will have to be taken off the roster when Ian Kinsler returns. Neither has options, and neither would make it through. The Rangers could deal one of them, probably Arias, before having to make a move. Blanco, though, is making the decision a difficult one.

Julio Borbon also had two more hits. He's in a 7-for-20 stretch and has lifted his average to .175. That doesn't sound like much, but he was well-below .100 only a week ago.

Austin Jackson, a Denton Ryan product now playing his rookie season as Detroit's center fielder, hit a leadoff homer for his first career long ball.

-- Jeff Wilson


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Maybe the Rangers could trade Josh Hamilton for a dozen balls and a couple of fungo bats and keep both Arias and Blanco.

What happened to the abundance of good pitchers we kept reading about this past winter?

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