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Lowe Turning Things Around



    Mark Lowe had a turbulent start to his 2011 season, and that's putting things mildly.

    After a blown save against the Tigers on April 13 saw his ERA climb to 13.50, the Rangers sent Lowe packing back down to the minors to work on his mechanics.

    Whatever Lowe, who was the other piece of the big Cliff Lee trade last summer, did has apparently worked as he's been a pretty serviceable piece to an extremely shady bullpen since his return at the beginning of this month.

    On Sunday, Lowe picked up his first win of the season in a bit of a statistical joke when he got the win in a 5-4 victory over the Angels despite throwing just one pitch, the final out of the eighth inning after taking over for Brett Tomko.

    Since his return to the bigs on May 6, he's thrown four innings of relief, allowing just two hits and no runs with three walks, which is still a bit of a high number.

    If Lowe can be the what the Rangers thought he'd be, a hard-throwing right-hander in a late bullpen role, it will help solidify what's been a weak bullpen and help keep Alexi Ogando in the starting rotation.