Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Tommy Hunter
Holland (2-2, 4.43 ERA): The left-hander was able to put two rough starts behind him and pitch well in Cleveland, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings of a Rangers win Saturday. ... Holland got a no-decision, but the club won on Adrian Beltre's pinch-hit three-run homer in the 11th. ... Holland had three quality starts to begin the season before giving up 12 runs on 18 hits in 13 innings in losses to the Yankees and Rays. ... In three games (two starts) against Baltimore, Holland is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA (seven runs on 12 hits with seven walks and 14 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings). ... His lone start vs. the O's in 2011 came at Camden Yards, and he pitched six scoreless innings on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Hunter (2-1, 5.00 ERA): The 25-year-old former Ranger will be pitching on short rest after he was sent to the minors on Monday and then returns after Jason Hammel's knee soreness prevented him from starting today. ... Hunter gave up five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in the 17-inning marathon in Boston on Sunday. So he's pitching on short rest. ... His start prior to the one in Boston was a good one as he gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings.
Hitters: The current Orioles are hitting just .162 against Holland. ... Only two batters have multiple hits off him -- Ronny Paulino (2-for-3) and Brian Roberts (2-for-7). ... Adam Jones is 0-for-4. ... Only two Rangers have faced Hunter -- Adrian Beltre (4-for-8, HR, 2 RBIs) and Mike Napoli (2-for-5, 2B, RBI).
Fri. vs. LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (4-1, 2.54) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (4-2, 2.61), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. vs. LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (4-2, 5.11) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (3-1, 3.38), 12:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun. vs. LAA: RHP Neftali Feliz (2-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (5-0, 1.60), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ESPN
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