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Derek Holland impresses with four strong innings

3/18/2012

LAS VEGAS - Before Sunday's spring training game against the Cubs, Derek Holland told catch Yorvit Torrealba that he wanted to treat Saturday's game like a regular-season contest.

He wanted to establish his fastball and pound the strike zone instead of working on his breaking ball early in the count.

Mission accomplished.

Holland yielded just one hit, no runs and two strikeouts in four quality innings. He had no walks and just one three-ball count.

"I had a lot of movement on my fastball, so I just wanted to work off of that," he said. "Even if I got behind 1-0, I wanted to come back and locate the fastball because if you don't that's when you get behind and have to throw certain pitches."

Torrealba said Holland made his job easy.

"All I had to do today is put my glove down," he said. "He threw all his pitches for strikes and pounded the strike zone. He has more experience -- he had experience last year, but he was still learning. Now, he knows what he can do."