Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Tommy Hunter

August, 22, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this series between the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles features left-hander Derek Holland against righty Tommy Hunter. The game is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSWW. A look at the matchup:

Rangers lefty Derek Holland looks ahead to his start against the Orioles, the team getting their mojo back and more.

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Holland (7-6, 4.98 ERA): The 25-year-old has no-decisions in each of his first three August starts. ... Holland is 1-2 with a 5.80 ERA in his last six starts, increasing his ERA to nearly 5. ... He's been up and down since returning from the disabled list, going 2-2 with a 4.83 ERA with four quality starts. He has allowed five or more runs in each of the other four outings. ... Holland allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision last Thursday at Yankee Stadium. ... He won his only meeting against the Orioles this season on May 10, giving up three runs (no earned) on four hits in six innings. ... He is 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA in his last four starts vs. the AL East in 2012. ... While Hunter leads the AL in homers allowed, Holland leads the Rangers with 23 long balls given up, which is tied for sixth in the AL.

Hunter (4-7, 5.49 ERA): The former Ranger is making his 20th start of the season and his 11th on the road. ... Hunter is 1-5 with a 5.86 ERA and four quality starts in those 10 road starts. ... Hunter has made just one start against the Rangers, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk in six innings in a loss on May 10. ... Hunter struck out seven in that game and allowed a two-run home run to Josh Hamilton. ... Hunter leads the AL in home runs allowed with 29. ... In his last start, Hunter gave up three runs on four hits, two of them homers, in six innings in a no-decision to the Detroit Tigers. The Orioles lost the game.

Hitters: Current Rangers are batting .297 against Hunter. ... Adrian Beltre is 5-for-11 with a homer and two RBIs off Hunter and Elvis Andrus is 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. ... Josh Hamilton's only hit in three at-bats is a homer. ... Hunter has held Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, David Murphy and Mitch Moreland to a combined 0-for-11. ... The Orioles are hitting just .156 as a team off Holland. ... Wilson Betemit and Nick Markakis are each 1-for-8 against Holland. ... Brian Roberts is 2-for-7 with two RBIs.

Up next:

Thur vs. Minn: RHP Yu Darvish (12-9, 4.51) vs. LHP Scott Diamond (10-5, 2.95), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Fri vs. Minn: LHP Matt Harrison (14-7, 3.19) vs. RHP Samuel Deduno (4-1, 3.33), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat vs. Minn: RHP Ryan Dempster (7-6, 2.99 NL&AL) vs. LHP Brian Duensing (3-8, 4.46), 3:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun vs. Minn: RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Cole De Vries, 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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Alex Rios
.318 1 11 9
HRS. Choo 2
RBIA. Rios 11
RE. Andrus 14
OPSS. Choo .932
WM. Perez 4
ERAM. Perez 1.42
SOY. Darvish 29