- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers will send Derek Holland to the mound for Thursday's matinee as they try to win their series against the New York Yankees. He will be opposed by Phil Hughes at 12:05 p.m. CT.
Holland (5-4, 3.43 ERA): Holland is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in his last three starts. … Gave up four runs in seven innings last time out against the St. Louis Cardinals. Gave up all four runs in the first two frames. ... Has struggled at Yankee Stadium, as he's 0-3 with an 8.06 ERA in five games (four starts) in the Bronx. ... Will pitch on five days rest and he's 4-0 with a 2.55 ERA in eight starts on at least five days of rest this year. ... Is winless in his last four starts.
Hughes (3-6, 5.09 ERA): Hughes gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings during his last outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers. … Is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his career against the Rangers, although all the starts have come in Texas. ... Surrendered four runs and five hits in 2⅔ innings during his last outing against Texas, on April 25, 2012. ... Has allowed at least five runs in five starts this year.
Hitters: Robinson Cano has hit Holland well, batting .350 with one homer and five RBIs in 20 career at-bats. Vernon Wells is just 4-for-21 against Holland. Mitch Moreland is 3-for-4 against Hughes, while Adrian Beltre is only 3-for-17.