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May 01, 2010

Morning talk from the clubhouse

The bulk of the pregame talk this morning was about Friday night's game, a 2-0 Rangers victory in 12 innings that was a fun game to watch. It was a pitchers' duel between Colby Lewis and Cliff Lee, followed by a little magic show by the Rangers' bullpen to keep Seattle off the scoreboard.

Lewis pitched nine scoreless innings, becoming the first Rangers pitcher to work nine scoreless and get a no-decision since Nolan Ryan on Aug. 17, 1990, at Chicago. Lewis had 38 strikeouts in April, the second most in club history behind Ryan (49) in 1989. One more: Lewis is the first Rangers pitcher with three 10-strikeout games in the same month since Ryan did it in September 1990. Lewis leads the American League with 38 strikeouts.

Three plays stand out: The failed squeeze bunt by the Mariners in the 11th, the double play the Rangers turned to end the 10th, and the catch Vladimir Guerrero made to rob Adam Moore of a leadoff double in the fifth. Guerrero will likely start in right field again Monday as the Rangers face Oakland lefty Dallas Braden.

-- Jeff Wilson



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It was a great game to watch. It was also good to see Washington get fired up enough to get tossed. Oliver and Francisco tried to lose it but managed to survive. I tip my hat to the team. Only one negative, Kinsler still uppercutting every swing but that's all he knows.

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