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He explained why Sunday before the Rangers held a light workout.

“Well, when you look at him you can see he has tremendous competitive spirit. And in the game of baseball that’s what you have to have. You have to be able to deal with the adversity of what this game entails, and he does a good job at that,” Washington said.

“We know our hands will be full (Monday), and we just look forward to competiting against him. And that’s what it’s all about. He will bring his best game, and we certainly better bring ours.”

The Rangers lost the series opener 8-0 to rookie Matt Moore, but bounced back to beat Rays ace James Shields 8-6 in Game 2. Lewis is 3-0 in four career starts against Tampa Bay, and also worked five scoreless innings of a no decision against the Rays in Game 3 of last year’s ALDS.

The Rays were ecstatic to return home with a split, and feel good about their chances of wrapping up the best-of-five series without having to head back to Texas for a fifth game. The Rangers won three road games here during the 2010 ALDS and feel good about their prospects, too.

“We believe we can win on any given day. It doesn’t matter where at,” Texas third baseman Michael Young said. “We respect the people we play, but we have a lot of confidence in ourselves.”