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

    Colby Lewis is who the Rangers will rely upon on Wednesday to score a series win in their first series of the year, against a division rival, no less.

    Lewis takes the mound on Wednesday afternoon in his first start of the 2016 season — his third straight playing on a one-year contract with the Rangers — after a rough spring in Arizona.

    The clock seems to be ticking with each passing start as to when Lewis' body will finally break down completely and he'll just be finished as a big-league pitcher. He showed signs of that last year before turning in a team-high 17 wins and a career-high 204 2/3 innings, which also led the team.

    His 4.66 ERA was a bit elevated, but he also got tons of run support last year and after the Rangers' bats showed some signs of life on Tuesday, it'd be nice if they could take that next step on Wednesday afternoon.

    Over his career, Lewis has been good against the Mariners. Since returning from Japan in 2010, Lewis has a 3.34 ERA and is 5-6 overall against Seattle. Who knows? Maybe the Rangers can get a third straight start to open the season of at least six innings and two or fewer runs. For that to happen, Lewis will have to be on his game as his max these days seems to be six innings, with anything more being a huge bonus.