Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Zach McAllister
Holland (9-6, 4.90 ERA): He's looking to win three straight decisions for the first time this season. ... In his last start, Holland gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings in a win over Tampa Bay. ... Holland pitched better than David Price, despite losing leads twice. Once the Rangers got six runs, the bullpen finished the job. ... He's allowed a homer in seven of his last eight starts. ... Holland is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his last eight starts. ... He's had 10 starts since coming off the DL and is 4-2 with a 4.70 ERA with six quality starts. ... Opponents are hitting .198 in his last four starts. ... Holland is an Ohio native and is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in four starts against the Indians in his career.
McAllister (5-5, 3.82 ERA): August was his worst month this season, going 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA. ... His last start, Aug. 28 vs. Oakland, was one of his shortest of the season. He gave up five runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in 4 1/3 innings in a 7-0 loss. ... He has one win in his last eight starts, though he has four quality starts in that span. ... McAllister has never faced the Rangers.
Hitters: The current Cleveland hitters are batting .247 against Holland. ... Asdrubal Cabrera is 4-for-12 and Carlos Santana is 4-for-10. ... Shin-Soo Choo is 0-for-3, Jason Donald is 1-for-5.
Mon at KC: RHP Yu Darvish (13-9, 4.31) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (10-10, 5.13), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Tue at KC: LHP Matt Harrison (15-8, 3.30) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-12, 5.48 NL/AL), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed at KC: RHP Ryan Dempster (9-6, 2.87 NL/AL) vs. LHP Will Smith (4-6, 5.55 + today), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thur at KC: RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (7-12, 4.93 + today), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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