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TEX@CWS: Lewis whiffs seven in a 16-0 shutout

The Rangers begin a seven-game homestand on Monday when they host the Rays in the first game of a four-game set at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Rangers lost their weekend series against the Astros, while the Rays won their series against the Cubs. In Monday's opener, Texas right-hander Colby Lewis (8-8, 5.50 ERA) will start opposite Tampa Bay left-hander Drew Smyly (6-10, 3.98 ERA combined between the Tigers and Rays).

The 35-year-old Lewis, who missed all of the 2013 season on the disabled list, is coming off his second career shutout in a 16-0 win on the road against the White Sox on Tuesday. Lewis allowed only six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Since the All-Star break, Lewis is 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts covering 27 1/3 innings. He's just happy to be pitching -- in the past two years, Lewis has had surgeries on his right elbow and hip.

"I've been blessed to have the opportunities to come back multiple times," Lewis said. "I just want to keep throwing the ball well. We're going home, happy to be going home. I feel like everything is going well. The body feels really good. I wanted to get back to where I was. Physically, I feel I achieved that and now it's about being more consistent. That's what I want."

For the Rays, Smyly will be making his second start since he was acquired from the Tigers as part of the deal that sent David Price to Detroit on July 31. Smyly lost his first outing in a Tampa Bay uniform, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Rays were shut out by the A's.

"I think I'm real comfortable around everybody," Smyly said of adjusting to his new team. Just playing good baseball. Hope we can go to Texas and get some wins."

Rangers: Rios re-injures sprained right ankle on play at plate
Alex Rios aggravated his sprained right ankle sliding into home plate in the top of the fourth inning on Sunday against the Astros. He was replaced in right field by Jim Adduci to start the bottom of the inning.

Rios will be re-evaluated on Monday in Arlington.

Rios was making a start in right field after sitting out the first two games of the series at Minute Maid Park in an attempt to give the ankle more time to heal. Rios sprained it on July 19 at Toronto and missed three games from July 20-22 due to the injury.

Rays: 15-K, no-walk performance one for the books
In Saturday's 4-0 win over the Cubs, Rays pitchers Jake Odorizzi, Kirby Yates and Jake McGee combined to strike out 15 batters without issuing any walks.

While Saturday marked the second time the Rays have thrown a shutout with 15 strikeouts and no walks -- and the fourth time a team has had 15 or more strikeouts and no walks in a shutout this season -- it is only the 19th time it has happened in the Major Leagues in the past 100 years.

"I was amazed by it," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I knew we had a lot of strikeouts after the game. But I didn't know that we didn't have any walks, that didn't compute. And then to see zero and 15, it's pretty impressive."

Worth noting
• Rangers outfielder Mike Carp, who left Saturday's game at Houston in the third inning with tightness in his left groin, is improving and is listed as day to day. He did not play in Sunday's series finale.

• The Rays are still trying to become the fourth team in Major League history to reach .500 after being 18 games below. Tampa Bay was 24-42 on June 10.

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