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Rangers excited to see Miller Park

Rangers excited to see Miller Park

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers head back into Interleague Play on Friday against the Brewers, giving former general manager Doug Melvin the chance to see some of his former draftees.

Melvin was with the Rangers when they selected Colby Lewis in the first round of the 1999 Draft, and C.J. Wilson was a fifth-round selection in 2001.

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"It's nice to see that two of the pitchers we drafted are two of their best pitchers -- C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis," Melvin said. "They were drafted in the last years I was there, and I guess it's another sign of how long it takes pitchers to develop.

"They say that we didn't develop pitchers, but look at those two guys. It just takes time. You have to be patient. A lot of times, general managers don't get a chance to see the pitchers [they draft]."

Wilson won't pitch against the Brewers this weekend, but Lewis is scheduled to start Sunday's series finale.

"It seemed like when the older regime left, a lot of it went over to the Brewers," Lewis said. "I'm sure I'll see some familiar faces. It'll be good to go over there. It'll be good to catch up and see those guys."

The series marks the Rangers' first appearance in Miller Park and the first time they've faced the Brewers since Milwaukee was a member of the American League.

That sparks some unfamiliarity between the two franchises. None of the Brewers' starters this weekend have faced the Rangers. Manny Parra, Milwaukee's starter on Saturday, has faced catcher Matt Treanor twice.

"I looked at the guy we are going to face, and we have a very low number of at-bats," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "Then, our pitchers who are going against their hitters, it's like blank sheets."

But second baseman Ian Kinsler doesn't think it's too much of an issue.

"It's the same process you go through every day," Kinsler said. "You look at film, look at their velocity and go from there. ... It's not something that's not too difficult to adjust to."

Kinsler said he's most excited to see Miller Park. The only other teams yet to see the ballpark are the Rays and Athletics.

"I think the unfamiliarity with the stadium is the most fun," Kinsler said. "Going into a new ballpark and playing in front of new fans and in a different part of the states, that's the most fun part.

"It's going to be pretty cool. It looks like they have a really nice ballpark on TV. I'm pretty excited about it."

The three-game series begins a stretch of five consecutive series against the National League. After the three-game set with Milwaukee, the Rangers play three games on the road against both the Marlins and the Astros. After that, they return home to face the Pirates and Astros.

It'll give Lewis a chance to return to the plate, something he grew familiar with last season.

"I did it all year last year in Japan, where they pitch and hit and do the whole National League-type deal," Lewis said. "It won't be too much of a transition for me, but I'm definitely looking forward to it. I think it keeps you involved a little bit more."

The Rangers are 1-2 so far this season in Interleague Play, taking the first game against the Cubs before falling in the last two. Texas went 9-9 in Interleague Play last year, winning six of its first eight before dropping seven of the last 10. The Rangers are 113-120 against the NL, including 31-26 over the past three seasons.

Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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