Derek Holland (1-0, 3.38): The lefty was not happy with his three walks in his opening start and did something about it in his last start. ... He went 7 1/3 innings, the deepest of any Rangers starter in the opening homestand, and allowed two runs on five hits with no walks against the Seattle Mariners last week. ... He had eight strikeouts and had all of his pitches working. ... Holland had walked three and gave up three runs in his first start but still got the quality start after getting through six innings. ... He is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in three career starts against Boston, including his last start on Sept. 2, 2011, at Fenway Park. Holland pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits in the win.
Josh Beckett (1-1, 5.68): The Spring, Texas, native looked a lot more like the guy that had a 2.89 ERA a year ago in his last start, going eight innings against Tampa Bay. Beckett allowed one run on five hits with a walk and a strikeout, earning his first win of 2012. ... The outing came after Beckett gave up seven runs on seven hits in his first start in just 4 2/3 innings against Detroit. ... In eight career starts, Beckett is 3-2 with a 5.03 ERA in 48 1/3 innings against Texas.
Hitters: Josh Hamilton is 6-for-14 (.429) with two homers and six RBIs off Beckett. ... Yorvit Torrealba has also hit well against Beckett, going 4-for-10. ... Mike Napoli (2-for-12), Michael Young (4-for-24) and Adrian Beltre (4-for-23 with 10 strikeouts) haven't fared as well. ... Nick Punto is 3-for-5 off Holland and the only current Red Sox player to homer off him. ... Dustin Pedroia (1-for-8) and Adrian Gonzalez (1-for-6) have struggled off Holland.