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TEX@BOS: Lewis strikes out seven en route to the win

Poise and confidence have been trademarks of Colby Lewis' resurgence with the Rangers over the last few years, and on Sunday he'll be facing a pitcher who has used those qualities to fuel a meteoric rise to the Majors.

When 23-year-old left-hander Drew Smyly makes his third Major League start, he'll be trying to help the Tigers earn a draw in the four-game series between last year's American League Championship Series foes.

The rookie hasn't won a game in the Majors, but he already knows what he needs to do in order to do his job every five days. His second start was as impressive as his first, even if he came out with a no-decision in a game the Tigers won over the Royals.

"I was able to get deep into the game," Smyly said. "Six innings, one run. I'll be happy with that all year."

So will the Tigers, who breathed a sigh of relief when the second-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft was struck in the back by a liner in his most recent start, finishing out his quality outing.

"He doesn't rattle much," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's poised for a young kid."

Lewis, meanwhile, pitches for the Rangers against the Tigers for the first time since taking the loss in Game 3 of the ALCS, his only defeat in five postseason decisions, covering eight starts. His success in October comes for the same reason he has made it back to the Majors after several rough years that wound up with him pitching in Japan.

"My mind-set never changes -- just go out and give quality starts," Lewis said. "Right now I've just been able to do damage control in certain innings, and those have been game-changers."

So far, Lewis has been spot on. He is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA, and he has pitched 19 2/3 innings and walked just one batter. Opponents are 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position off him.

"When he is hitting his spots and [has] his breaking ball working and his changeup going, he is as good as anybody out there," manager Ron Washington said. "So far he has been able to do that. He is not the overpowering pitcher he was when he signed, but he's got a sharp wit about him.

"One thing about Colby, he doesn't beat himself. He'll throw it over the plate, and if you beat him, you beat him. But he'll never beat himself."

Rangers: Beltre still sidelined
Adrian Beltre, out with a strained left hamstring, will not play in Sunday's finale. Michael Young will play third base, as he did for much of the time last season when Beltre missed five weeks with a hamstring strain.

"It bothers you to lose Beltre, but we still have to play baseball," Washington said.

• Mike Napoli struck out as a pinch-hitter in Game 2 on Saturday after having homered in five straight games. The club record is seven, set by Kevin Mench in 2006.

• The Yankees are going to Arlington for the first time this season, and as of Saturday night, there were 1,000 seats for Monday, 4,500 for Tuesday and 4,000 for Wednesday available.

Tigers: Dirks working way back
Andy Dirks, who has served as the designated hitter a team-high six times this season, was unavailable for Saturday's doubleheader because of an injury to his left hamstring, but he might be ready for pinch-hitting duties on Sunday.

Said Leyland: "The prognosis is [that] after Monday, he'll be full-go."

Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera each took a turn in the DH spot on Saturday. It's likely that Prince Fielder will be the DH on Sunday for the first time since signing with the Tigers.

• As a team, the Tigers have combined to bat .348 off of Lewis in his career, and have saddled him with an 0-1 record and 15.95 ERA in two starts, his highest ERA against any team.

Cabrera is 5-for-12, Alex Avila is 3-for-9 with two home runs and Austin Jackson is 6-for-15 with a home run against Lewis.

Worth noting
• After going 3-for-8 with two runs, two RBIs and a homer in Saturday's doubleheader, Cabrera continues to mash against the Rangers. He leads all active Major Leaguers with a .369 average against Texas, with nine homers and 47 RBIs in 45 games.

• While the Rangers head home to take on the Yankees for three games after Sunday's finale, the Tigers will have an off-day at home before hosting the Mariners for three. Comments