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Extra Bases: Colby makes his debut

NEW YORK -- Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis gets the call in the finale of this four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday afternoon.

Lewis will make his first appearance at the new Yankee Stadium.

"I faced them a couple of times in the postseason," Lewis said. "I'm looking forward to it and being able to say I pitched in both old Yankee Stadium and new Yankee Stadium, I think that’s pretty good."

The last time Lewis pitched at the Yankees was 2003 when he lost a 6-2 game to Roger Clemens. He did go against the Yankees twice in the 2010 ALCS, winning the series clincher in Game 6, but those games were in Arlington.

Most recently, Lewis has allowed just two earned runs in three of his last four starts, but that's a little misleading.

On July 10, Lewis allowed 11 earned runs and a franchise-record 13 runs on 13 hits in a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Lewis dismissed that start saying he threw plenty of first-pitch strikes that were just hit for base hits.

He does point out he pitched well last Saturday in Toronto. Lewis allowed just two runs on eight hits in five innings of work but threw 106 pitches and was taken out.

"It felt great," Lewis said. "I just threw a lot of pitches early and walked (three) a couple of guys. I lost my control a little bit."

Darvish deals with rain: Starter Yu Darvish gets credited with a complete game thanks to the rain-shortened, 2-1, five-inning loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night. Darvish warmed up after the 1:49 rain delay but then was told the game was over.

"I was looking forward to getting back on the mound," Darvish said through an interpreter. "It is what it is. I am kind of disappointed."

Darvish went just 4 1/3 innings and struck out five while giving up two runs on four hits as he threw 67 pitches. Darvish committed a balk, he said, because of a mixup in the signs from catcher Chris Gimenez and a wild pitch.

Francisco Cervelli hit a leadoff double to start the second and he was balked over to third. He scored on Brendan Ryan's ground out to second. But Darvish allowed a home run to leadoff hitter Brett Gardner that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

"In the meeting it was a zone I thought I was able to pitch in," Darvish said of the belt-high, four-seam fastball he threw. "I thought it was a good pitch but you got to give credit to the hitter. I got to practice more and I got to throw it harder and next time it will be a flyball."

Tepesch is out: Nick Tepesch, the scheduled starter for Friday, was scratched. Tepesh came in relief on Tuesday and threw 12 pitches in 1/3 of an inning. The Rangers haven't announced who will take over.

Roster move: The Rangers called up RHP Nate Adcock from Triple-A Round Rock. Adcock will be available for Thursday's game. In 13 appearances he compiled a 2.76 ERA. 1B Mitch Moreland (left ankle surgery) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.