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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Colby Lewis feels ready for the playoffs, even though the Texas right-hander is taking a five-game losing streak into the postseason.Making his fourth start since missing more than two months with a muscle injury in his right arm and shoulder, Lewis allowed Corey Dickersons three-run homer in the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Saturday night.But all four runs allowed by Lewis (6-5) -- all in the third inning -- were unearned because of second baseman Rougned Odors error on a hard grounder from Kevin Kiermaier three batters before Dickersons career high-tying 24th homer.The 37-year-old threw more than 100 pitches (101) and made it to the seventh inning for the first time since his injury.Both of those are significant, Texas manager Jeff Banister said. He had not been to that point since wed gotten him back, either case, the 100 or the seventh. I feel comfortable that as long as he responds well in between, well feel good about it.The Rangers rested most of their starters a night after the AL West winners clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.Texas (95-66) remains a win shy of the franchise record and still needs either a win in Sundays finale or a Cleveland loss to secure the best record in the AL for the first time in franchise history. The Rangers hold the tiebreaker on the Indians, who have a makeup game Monday against Detroit.Lewis allowed five hits with three strikeouts after matching the shortest outing of his career (1 1/3 innings) in his previous start, a 7-1 loss at Oakland.I felt stronger as I kind of worked through the middle innings, Lewis said. I didnt feel like I was fatigued in any form. Im looking forward to the next one.Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi (10-6) struck out eight in six innings, giving up the only run on Robinson Chirinos eighth homer in the sixth. He has 10 wins for the second time in his career.Its a cool thing to have double-digit wins, he said. Took the last game of the year to get it, but 10 wins is definitely very, very nice.Alex Colome pitched around Dickersons dropped fly ball leading off the ninth for his 37th save.CHOOS RETURNShin-Soo Choo, trying to get playoff-ready for Texas after missing six weeks with a broken left forearm, was 0 for 4 in his second start since returning. It was his first appearance in his usual leadoff spot.Choo, who was on the disabled list four times while also battling calf, hamstring and back injuries, made his return Friday in the No. 7 spot. Carlos Gomez, who was still with Houston when Choo broke his arm, is getting most of the starts as the leadoff hitter playing left field.It doesnt matter, said Choo, the regular right fielder. I said many times leadoff just gets one extra at-bat. It felt weird last night hitting seventh. Especially this year with all the injuries, Im just happy to be in the lineup.SHORT HOPSThe Texas bullpen extended its franchise-record scoreless streak to 32 1/3 innings. ... Dickerson has six homers with two or more runners on, the most for the Rays since Evan Longoria had seven in 2011.TRAINERS ROOMRays: Kiermaier came out of the game with a left calf contusion after pulling up while sprinting toward Chirinos homer in the gap in right center.Rangers: Odor was limping after Kiermaiers sharp grounder but stayed in the game. He was replaced by pinch-runner Hanser Alberto an inning later after hitting into a fielders choice.UP NEXTRays: RHP Chase Whitley (0-0, 1.74 ERA) is set for his first big-league start since May 14, 2015, before he had elbow surgery. That start was for the Yankees against the Rays.Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (10-11, 4.37) is set for his fourth attempt at a career-high 11th victory. 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The W-League will take baby steps towards professionalism this season, with a new pay deal confirming that all players are recompensed for the first time.Australias national womens soccer league has been criticised for using amateur players without paying them.In an era of growing prominence and respect for womens sport, it was an untenable position and will end in the 2016/17 competition, which begins in a fortnight.Amateur players will now receive an allowance in line with male National Youth League (NYL) and state competitions - between $60 and $150 a week.Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) chief John Didulica said the move wasnt going to turn national league players into professionals overnight, but it was something.Symbolically its important to recognise the sacrifices W-League players make, so the small step forward of having a safety net on par with NYL players is a move in the right direction, he said.The big challenge for the sport is to build a cohesive and expanded professional pathway that will enable international success and the W-League to be the jewel in the crown of womens sport.League bosses and PFA will attempt to do just that in the coming weeks, when they bbegin broad-ranging talks on growing and strengthening the competition.ddddddddddddmproved pay is seen as crucial to continuing the success of the national team, the Matildas, by ensuring a strong talent pool of players available for selection.Cricket and Netball have vastly improved wages to their female athletes in recent months, with the forthcoming AFL womens league bringing more competition for elite talent.W-League clubs have been heavily encouraged by head office to spend more of their salary allowance - set at a minimum of $35,000 and a maximum of $150,000 - on players.By comparison, A-League clubs are obliged to spend at least $2.34 million on their squads - 67 times more than their female counterparts.Melbourne City and Canberra United are the only two W-League clubs which hit or near the maximum spend.Two-time champions Brisbane Roar drew ire for offering their players improved deals for this season - then flirted with a 40 per cent reduction - only to honour their wage rises.The league kicks off on November 5 when Brisbane Roar host Sydney FC. 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