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Off the wire

Posted: January 18, 2013 at 2:01 a.m.

BASEBALL Harrison, Rangers finalize deal Matt Harrison has gone from a pitcher the Texas Rangers left off their postseason roster to one they believe can become one of the league’s best left-handers. The Rangers finalized a $55 million, five-year contract with the All-Star lefty Thursday. The deal includes a 2018 club option that could become guaranteed depending on the number of innings Harrison pitches. Harrison was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA and 4 complete games in 32 starts last year, and his 3.10 ERA in 18 road starts was the lowest in the American League. Over the past two seasons, since being left off the Rangers postseason roster in 2010, he is 32-20 while throwing 399 innings.

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