The final game of this three-game series in Kansas City features left-hander Derek Holland on the mound for the Rangers against righty Luke Hochevar. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Let's take a look at the matchup:
Holland (7-6, 4.96 ERA): Holland is making his 17th start (18th appearance) of the season and will be starting for the sixth time since returning from the disabled list. He's 2-2 with a 4.67 ERA, including three quality starts in five outings, since being activated. ... Holland has allowed six earned runs in two of his last three starts, including his last one, a 6-2 loss to Jered Weaver and the Angels. He walked four and gave up three homers in 6 2/3 innings that night. ... It's the third time in his career and second time this season that he's allowed three homers. ... Holland is 1-1 with a 4.57 ERA in five career games (three starts) against the Royals. That includes one scoreless inning of relief on May 14.
Hochevar (7-9, 5.22 ERA): The 28-year-old is coming off a quality start against Cleveland, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. It was a good bounce-back start for Hochevar, who lasted just three innings and gave up eight runs (six earned) against the Angels on July 25. ... Opponents are hitting .286 against Hochevar, tied for eighth-highest in the AL. ... He has not faced the Rangers yet this season, but Hochevar is 2-0 with a 3.08 ERA in four starts (26 1/3 innings) in his career vs. Texas. ... Hochevar's ERA this season is actually higher at home (5.59) than on the road (4.88).
Hitters: Michael Young (5-for-7, 3B, HR, 2 RBIs) and Mike Napoli (3-for-4) have hit Hochevar well. The Royal has held Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton to a combined 2-for-17 with six strikeouts. ... Billy Butler (3-for-8, HR) and Alex Gordon (4-for-8) have had some success against Holland. ... Yuniesky Betancourt, Alcides Escobar and Jason Bourgeois are a combined 2-for-12.