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Derek Holland looks to bounce back

6/5/2012

OAKLAND, Calif. — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington doesn’t expect Derek Holland to have any sort of hangover from his miserable start last time on the mound. But if he does …

“I’m going to pull off my belt and throw him across my lap and give him a spanking,” Washington said with a smile.

Holland will start Tuesday night against the Oakland A’s, his first game since allowing eight runs in 1 2/3 against the Seattle Mariners last week.

“I got rid of it pretty quick,” Holland said. “Once the game is over I clear my mind and don’t worry about that stuff.”

Holland and Washington said there was nothing special to fix after a game like that. When a pitcher gets hit so hard, there is often suspicion that he was tipping his pitches, but Washington said Holland was simply making bad pitches.

Holland said he also feels he should have controlled his emotions better. He was stunned that Dustin Ackley's fly ball left the park, and that opened the floodgates.

“I couldn’t believe it got out,” Holland said. “I didn’t think it had that much of a chance. But I can’t worry about that. I have to look at what’s ahead, and that’s the Athletics.”