Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Chien-Ming Wang

June, 16, 2013
6/16/13
10:00
AM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to avoid a four-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays when left-hander Derek Holland faces Chien-Ming Wang at 2:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Holland (5-3, 3.11 ERA): Holland comes off his shortest outing of the season, in which he allowed four earned runs in 4⅓ innings in a 5-2 loss to Cleveland … He allowed nine hits and threw 85 pitches … It ended a four-game winning streak … Holland came out sizzling, striking out the first three batters of the game, then allowed multiple runners in each of the next four innings … Holland has been hit of late, allowing eight or more hits in six of his past seven starts … That's a .329 opponent batting average after a .199 mark the first six starts … Holland has not allowed a run in the first two innings in any start this season … He is 12th in the American League in ERA … Holland is 3-1 with a 4.82 ERA in six games/five starts against Toronto.

Wang (0-0, 6.14 ERA): Wang got a no-decision his first start with the Blue Jays, allowing two earned runs in 7⅓ innings in a 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox … He agreed to a one-year contract with the Jays on June 11 … The 33-year-old right-hander was 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in nine starts this season for the New York Yankees' Triple-A team at Scranton-Wilkes-Barre … He was released by his former team at his request … Wang had back-to-back 19-win seasons for the Yankees in 2006 and '07 before suffering multiple injuries running the bases in an interleague game in 2008 … He relies heavily on a sinker that had dropped in velocity while he pitched in the minor leagues, topping out at 89 mph, not the mid-90s sinker he used to offer.

Hitters: David Murphy (3-for-5, RBI) has had some success against Wang, who has held the current Rangers he has faced to a .140 batting average. Adam Lind (4-for-12, 1 HR, 6 RBIs), who has had a good series for the Jays, has given Holland trouble.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Leonys Martin
BA HR RBI R
.315 1 9 4
OTHER LEADERS
HRR. Chirinos 2
RBIL. Martin 9
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .827
WM. Perez 3
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23