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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Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and wastes no time sounding off on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez.
Play Podcast Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland joins GAC from Milwaukee to discuss what it was like facing former teammate Scott Feldman, Texas' upcoming series and more.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.