ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington officially decided that right-hander Colby Lewis will be his starter for Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday at Tropicana Field. Left-hander Matt Harrison will start Game 4 against the Rays. "It's Colby's turn," Washington said. "Harrison threw the last game of the season in Anaheim and Colby threw the one before that. I do like his experience, but he's had enough time between starts. He's ready to go." Lewis was outstanding in postseason play last year, going 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts. He was 3-0 with a 4.97 ERA in his last four starts of the season and went 6-3 with a 4.43 ERA after the All-Star break.
Lewis also did his best pitching on the road. He was 9-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 17 starts away from Rangers Ballpark, as opposed to 5-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 15 starts at home. Harrison did not pitch in the playoffs last year. He did make a cameo relief appearance in the ninth inning on Friday, facing four hitters while allowing a hit and a walk. "We just decided to let him come into the game, give him 15 pitches and let him come out," Washington said. "He's never pitched in [the playoffs] before; let's get his feet wet. Give him a chance to see it's the same game." Harrison was 4-0 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts in September and 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 15 games since the All-Star break.
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