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They’re the only team this season that hasn’t lost consecutive games _ the only time they have since losing three in a row against Boston last August were those final two World Series games. They have won a franchise-record 12 consecutive regular-season series, dating to last season.
C.J. Wilson, who signed with the Angels in the offseason, has been replaced in the starting rotation by Yu Darvish (3-0, 2.42 ERA), who has gotten better in each of his four starts. The Japanese standout, the Rangers‘ big offseason acquisition, struck out 10 in 8 1-3 scoreless innings against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Matt Harrison (3-0, 1.66 ERA) and Colby Lewis (2-0, 2.03 ERA) are off to solid starts. Derek Holland (2-1), the 25-year-old left-hander who got a new five-year contract during the offseason, has a team-high 4.78 ERA only because of one rough outing against the Yankees.
The Rangers‘ 2.62 ERA is the AL’s best. Only one other time have they gotten this far in a season with that number so low, back in 1983.
Joe Nathan, their new closer who came from Minnesota, has five saves and bounced back from two early losses. Rookie Robbie Ross (4-0), the only lefty in the bullpen though he wasn’t even really in the team’s plans before his impressive spring, was tied for the major league lead in victories. He is first pitcher in the majors since at least 1918 to earn four relief wins in his first six career appearances.
Along with the hitting and pitching, the Rangers have made only seven errors. Shortstop Elvis Andrus has been flawless in his 82 fielding chances, and has gone 51 games without an error.
“We’re playing good baseball. … We’re just playing complete baseball,” Washington said. “Our mindset is let’s try to play the best game we possibly can that day, try to do the things the game asks us to do, and you find out that you’ll have more fun than that. And we’re having fun.”
By John McAfee
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