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May 28, 2012

Week that was, week that is for Rangers

First of all, happy Memorial Day and thanks to all the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces.

The Texas Rangers began last week wrapping up a stretch of 20 games in 20 days with a three-game series at Seattle. They dropped two of three to finish that stretch 10-10, including a 3-3 mark on their latest road trip.

After an offday Thursday, the Rangers welcomed the Blue Jays to town for a three-game series. And they went on to a three-game sweep with every game being a sellout at Rangers Ballpark. Texas had big offensive innings early in the game on Friday and Sunday, and Josh Hamilton delivered a memorable two-run walk-off homer on Saturday to end a 13-inning affair.

This week, the Rangers begin a three-game series against Seattle at home. They have another offday on Thursday before beginning a 10-game road trip at Anaheim on Friday. Here's a look ahead to this week:

May 28-30 vs. Seattle: Matt Harrison gets the start tonight, facing the Mariners for the second time in five days. He pitched well against them on Tuesday, allowing one run on eights hits with two walks and six strikeouts over seven innings. Former Rangers pitcher Kevin Millwood starts for Seattle. The Rangers will go with Scott Feldman on Tuesday night. For now, Feldman has taken Neftali Feliz's spot in the rotation, although manager Ron Washington said nothing has been set after that. Jason Vargas pitches for the Mariners, and he has a lifetime 4.70 in seven career starts at Rangers Ballpark. And the series wraps up on Wednesday night with Derek Holland going for the Rangers and Fort Worth resident and former Rangers prospect Blake Beavan pitching for the Mariners.

June 1-3 at Los Angeles Angels: Colby Lewis is scheduled to pitch the series opener at Anaheim on Friday night. The likely Saturday night matchup will be another Yu Darvish-C.J. Wilson showdown. The two pitched against each other on May 11, a game that suffered a lengthy rain delay. Darvish pitched after the delay, while Wilson returned to the mound the following day. The Rangers took two of three from the Angels in their first series. Last year, Texas played well at Anaheim, winning seven of 10 games at Angel Stadium.

-- Drew Davison

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