Lewis to put walk-less streak on the line

Lewis to put walk-less streak on the line

Lewis to put walk-less streak on the line
ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis takes a streak of 24 2/3 innings without a walk into Saturday's start against the Rays. He said Friday he's doing nothing differently from his previous two seasons since coming back to the Major Leagues from Japan.

"I'm just going out there and doing it," said Lewis, who had a first-inning walk to Adam Dunn in the season opener against the White Sox. "The last couple of years, I've tried to improve each season. It's not a different mindset. I'm trying to make them earn it."

Lewis averaged 23 walks in two seasons in Japan from 2008-09, and has had 65- and 56-walk seasons in his two years back with the Rangers. He could blow up with a five-walk game at anytime, he said before Friday's game.

His manager, Ron Washington, said he does see a different command of the strike zone from Lewis.

"He's able to spot his fastball better this year than last year, and he did better last year than the year before," Washington said. "He's competing. It's a matter of knowing who you are."