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Cliff Lee rises to occasion for Rangers

In ALDS Game 1, Texas got exactly what it hoped for when dealing for the ace

Updated: October 6, 2010, 8:56 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Club president (and co-owner, of course) Nolan Ryan sat just behind the Texas Rangers' dugout at Tropicana Field on Wednesday and had one thought when Cliff Lee exited after the seventh inning of a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays: "That's why we got him."

"He pitched the game that we were hoping he would do," Ryan said. "He pitched a Cliff Lee game."

Back in July, when Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was busy working the phones to try to seal ...

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