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A win over the Giants will tie Lee for the best start in postseason history _ Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, with all his quirky gyrations and deliveries, won his first eight decisions.

To Lee, it’s all rather routine. In fact, there was a neat picture of him during the playoffs, yawning in the dugout at Yankee Stadium.

Sure doesn’t look like someone pitching in huge games.

“I don’t really look at it like that,” Lee said a few days ago. “Some people might, I don’t feel any more pressure.”

Lee has been equally perfect against the Giants _ three starts, three wins and a 1.13 ERA. He last faced them in 2009 in his first start after being traded from Cleveland to Philadelphia, and breezed at AT&T Park.

“Weather and clubhouse and the bullpens” are different, he said. “Once you get on the mound, it’s 60 feet, 6 inches and you’ve still got a professional hitter in there trying to do damage off of you. To me, that doesn’t really matter that much.”

Call it superstition or just being comfortable, Lee doesn’t like to change his hat, glove or cleats during the season. Sometimes he has to _ he’s been traded four times in his career, most recently from Seattle to Texas before the All-Star break.

Lee found himself with mixed emotions watching Philadelphia, where he won twice in the World Series last year, play San Francisco in the NLCS.

Sure, he was friendly with many of his former Phillies teammates. But there was the other side of the baseball business.

“I didn’t mind seeing them get beat because they got rid of me,” he said.

Now, the Texas pitchers are the ones who benefit from Lee’s presence.

“I’ve become more like Cliff in my preparation since he’s been here,” starter C.J. Wilson said. “I watch what he does through an order, and if they don’t adapt he doesn’t have to. Whereas I used to get into trouble before, where I would adapt maybe before the hitters showed me an adjustment, and I would basically turn into their strengths. But Cliff trusts his strengths to the degree that he doesn’t think he has to do anything different from game to game.”

Several of the Giants have faced Lee many times.

Juan Uribe is 11 for 37 (.297) with two homers against him. Jose Guillen is 9 for 25 (.360) with two homers. Aaron Rowand is 7 for 25 (.280) with four doubles and a home run. Aubrey Huff is 5 for 19 (.263).

Rowand is willing to give any advice he can.

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