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Cliff Lee has ripple effect on Rangers

Dominating left-hander provides lessons for other starters, helps bullpen stay fresh

Updated: August 11, 2010, 3:05 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- While Cliff Lee loosened up before his start on Aug. 6 in Oakland, reliever Matt Harrison looked like a golfer stalking a long putt from all sides. Harrison circled Lee, watching him from the back of the mound and behind the plate, observing his arm angle, release point and lower-body position.

There is much to be learned from watching one of baseball's finest pitchers up close. And Harrison and the other Texas Rangers pitchers have been eager pupils. It's what pitching ...

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