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April 30, 2012

Week that was, week that is for Rangers

Coming to you from Toronto, a look back and a look ahead on the Texas Rangers' week that included Josh Hamilton exiting Sunday's game with back stiffness and manager Ron Washington getting ejected for the first time this season.

The Rangers sold out all six games of the home stand, setting a franchise record for most consecutive sellout games.

April 23-25 vs. New York: The Rangers took two of three from the Yankees, winning their franchise-best sixth consecutive series to open the season. After falling 7-4 on Monday, Yu Darvish had his best start to date with 8 1/3 shutout innings in a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. The Rangers then capped it off with a 7-3 victory Wednesday.

April 27-29 vs. Tampa Bay: In a rematch of the past two American League Division Series, Tampa Bay took two of three. Texas had its sloppiest game to date on Friday, committing uncharacteristic errors and making poor base-running decisions. Still, the Rangers were one swing away from tying it but eventually fell 8-4. Texas bounced back on Saturday with a 7-2 victory, as Colby Lewis turned in another impressive start. On Sunday, Derek Holland showed signs of 2011 although he managed to go seven innings in a 5-2 loss. Manager Ron Washington was ejected from the game, but the biggest news was Josh Hamilton leaving early with back stiffness. Hamilton is listed day to day.

April 30-May 2 at Toronto: Last season, the Rangers won only four of 10 games against the Blue Jays and went 1-2 against them at the Rogers Centre. They had a late-night flight to Canada following Sunday's game, but today's starter -- Yu Darvish -- flew ahead of the team. Darvish is looking to build on his last start in which he threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees. Neftali Feliz returns to the rotation on Tuesday after having his weekend start skipped. He made a relief appearance on Wednesday, allowing one run in one inning. And, on a day game Wednesday, Matt Harrison will start following his worst outing to date. Harrison gave up seven runs on 14 hits Friday, the most hits he's allowed in his career.

May 4-6 at Cleveland: The Rangers have an off day on Thursday before taking on the Indians. Texas played well against Cleveland last season, winning nine of 10 games -- including all four at Progressive Field. Colby Lewis will get the start to open the series followed by Derek Holland and Yu Darvish.

-- Drew Davison

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