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Baseball: Rangers one win away from first playoff series victory

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By Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Following Cliff Lee in the postseason is a tough act, yet C.J. Wilson made it look easy.

Now, the Texas Rangers are up 2-0 in their AL division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, with a chance to make franchise history when the best-of-five matchup shifts to Ranger Ballpark this weekend.

A day after watching Lee shut down the AL East champions in the their home ball park and later turning on the television to catch Roy Halladay's no-hitter in the NL playoffs, Wilson took a one-hitter into the seventh inning of his postseason debut.

"I had some inspiration, so it was pretty fun," Wilson said after the Rangers' 6-0 victory on Thursday.

"Cliff is a better version of me. He throws a little harder, he's a little bit taller, has a little bit smaller waist, so I try to follow his lead on a lot of stuff," the left-hander added. "I just watched him kind of work in and out with his fastball, and from there I was able to see which guys maybe it was necessary to go in on and which guys it wasn't, and that was a big factor today."


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