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    TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 19: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers cannot throw out the baserunner as he fields a bunt single in the fifth inning during MLB game action as Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays singles on the play on July 19, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

    Colby Lewis still isn't back to what he was for the Texas Rangers in 2010 and 2011, and he likely never will be. But he's been getting better, as of late.

    Over his last five starts, he's allowed three or fewer runs in four of them. Of course, that one start that didn't qualify was his historically bad outing when he allowed 13 runs in less than four innings. In his last start, Lewis was good against the Yankees, but in the one before that against Toronto, he embarrassed himself with his antics.

    After giving up a bunt single with a 2-0 deficit, Lewis began barking at the batter and basically just looking like a fool. He ended up pitching into the seventh inning and allowed three runs in his last outing in New York against the Yankees — a quality start — and he'll look to do the same thing on Wednesday in Arlington.

    Wonder what the odds are Brett Gardner lays down a bunt to lead off the game and test Lewis' aging, ailing hip? It'd make sense considering he's one of the game's fastest players and Lewis can't move anymore. But then again, he's also swinging an incredibly hot bat so he might not want to waste it with a bunt.

    Whatever the case, it's up to Lewis to try to help the Rangers win a series on Wednesday, which would be something they haven't accomplished since June 28, which was also the last time they won back-to-back games behind a gem from Yu Darvish against the Minnesota Twins.