Colby Lewis picks up where he left off last season

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by GEORGE RIBA/WFAA TV

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Posted on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 28 at 10:18 PM

SURPRISE, AZ - Rangers pitcher Colby appears to picking up where he left off last season. Today in Surprise, Arizona, the 31 year old pitcher tossed two innings, retiring six of the seven batter he faced, in his spring debut.

"I'm about the way I should feel," Lewis says. "My arm feels really, really good. It feels like it's bouncing back really well and that's about it."   
 
When the Rangers went to their first World Series last year, Lewis was 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four postseason starts in his first season back from Japan to the team that drafted him in 1999.
 
"He's getting his work in and getting through it conveniently," manager Ron Washington said.
 
Lewis started 32 games for Texas last season and became a workhorse, pitching 201 innings. He finished with an era of 3.72.
 
On Monday, Lewis struggled a bit with his command, throwing only 17 of 33 pitches for strikes. Still, he walked just one batter and struck out one and allowed no runs.
 
"The curve ball was good, it was out front," Lewis says. "I've still got to work on getting ahead of the guys. I feel there are still some small things that I'm rushing a little bit but that all comes with more time of getting out there. That's what spring is all about."

The Rangers won the game against Kansas City 12-11.

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