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Rangers exercise option on Colby Lewis

ARLINGTON, Texas – Colby Lewis will be in a Rangers uniform again in 2012 after the club exercised its option on his contract on Monday.

Lewis will make $3.25 million next season.

Lewis, 32, has become a reliable rotation member for Texas the past two seasons, pitching at least 200 innings in each. He was also the club’s best postseason starter in 2010 and 2011, posting a 4-1 record and a 2.34 ERA in eight postseason starts (50 innings). He got a no-decision in both of his 2011 World Series starts as the Rangers pulled out a 2-1 win in Game 2, but lost in dramatic fashion in Game 6. Last year, Lewis won Games 2 and 6 of the ALCS and was on the mound for the club's only World Series win, a Game 3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Lewis was signed to his current contract prior to the 2010 season after the Rangers scouts saw him in Japan. He played for Hiroshima in 2008 and 2009 and had 369 strikeouts and just 46 walks in 354 1/3 innings (55 games). He showed excellent fastball command and an ability to change speeds and stay aggressive with hitters.

This past season, Lewis was 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA and pitched most of the season with a hip injury. He was a much better pitcher on the road than at home. He was 5-5 with a 5.54 ERA at home and 9-5 with a 3.43 ERA on the road.

“It was a strange year in a way,” Lewis said after Game 7. “Every year is different. The splits were different than last year. I went out and pitched every five days, pitched 200 innings. I contributed. That's all I want to do is contribute, keep my team in the ballgame and let them do what they're supposed to do. I felt like I did that.”