Holland (5-2, 4.78 ERA): The 24-year-old iPad video game addict will try to bounce back after a rough outing against the Yankees in New York on Wednesday. Holland gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings. Five walks certainly hurt and, surprisingly, he had no strikeouts. It was just the second time in 45 career starts (the other a one-inning, injury-shortened outing) that he didn't have a K. ... He has given up eight homers in his last five starts after allowing just four in his first nine. ... Since tossing his complete-game shutout in Cleveland on June 4, he's allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts. ... He's 2-0 with a 6.68 ERA in six starts in Arlington this season. Opponenets are hitting .317 against him at home. ... This is his second start against the Astros. His first major league start came against Houston after then-Ranger Vicente Padilla went on the DL on May 22, 2009. Holland gave up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Happ (3-8, 4.95 ERA): He had a no-decision in his last outing, giving up two earned runs on six hits in five innings with seven strikeouts. ... Happ has allowed three runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts. ... He's rebounded from a rough start. Happ had a 6.23 ERA in his first six starts but has a 3.97 ERA in his last eight. ... Happ has never faced the Rangers. He is 1-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts vs. the AL, which includes a complete-game shutout (a 10-0 win over Toronto in June 2009).