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    Starting pitcher Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Safeco Field on April 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

    There is no team in the league that Rangers veteran starter Colby Lewis would rather face than the one he draws on Friday night as the Rangers open a home series against the AL West rival Oakland A's.

    No matter the incarnation of the A's roster, Lewis has always fared very well against the team he spent the 2007 season with before coming back to Texas via a stint in Japan.

    Over the course of his six years as a regular starting pitcher, Lewis has owned the A's, both when they were good and bad. In his last 12 starts against the A's, in particular, Lewis is 7-1 with a 2.86 ERA. Lewis' one win this year came in his season debut in Oakland, when he went six innings and gave up one run on three hits in a 3-1 Rangers win.

    Unfortunately for Lewis, he'll have to square off against A's lefty Scott Kazmir, who owned the Rangers in that same series back in Oakland, and with the ineptitude of the Rangers' offense at the moment, Lewis will have little, if any, room for error.