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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 02: Starting pitcher Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers takes a ball from catcher Robinson Chirinos #61 during the first inning of the cactus leauge spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Colby Lewis, if you remember, was supposed to be behind schedule this spring.

    He had knee surgery after the season ended, did pretty much nothing over the winter but ride a bike, and was said to be behind schedule from the other Rangers' starters this spring.

    Yet, it was Lewis who started the Cactus League opener and pitched well after escaping a rough first inning with no runs allowed before throwing a perfect second inning.

    On Monday, Lewis made his second start of the spring, and the results alone weren't super encouraging, but with all things considered, it was another really solid start for the veteran righty.

    Lewis gave up two runs in the first inning on Monday and made you question whether he was going to get in his prescribed three innings on his pitch count. Then, he settled in and pitched two scoreless innings to get through his three innings of work with a four-inning start likely coming next.

    In short, it was promising.

    "I actually felt better as I went on," Lewis told reporters. "The third inning felt a lot better than the first two, so that was a plus for me. I felt like my arm started to come to me a little bit more there in the third inning.

    "I felt like it was real mechanical in the first two, even playing catch and long-tossing in the bullpen. I felt like it was going to be a real grindy day, and it turned into a little bit more positive than I thought it was going to be."