Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Felix Hernandez
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers and Mariners hook up in a battle of two of the best pitchers going in the American League. Left-hander Derek Holland starts against Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (Deportes 1540 AM).
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Hernandez (8-4, 2.70 ERA): Hernandez ranks third in the American League in ERA and is fourth with 116-2/3 innings pitched. ... He is third with 12 quality starts and fourth with 123 strikeouts. ... Hernandez had a no-decision in his last start Wednesday against Pittsburgh, allowing two runs in seven innings in a 4-2 loss. King Felix had 11 strikeouts, the 23rd time in his career he's had a double-digit strikeout game. ... Hernandez has 51 career starts in which he's pitched eight or more innings and allowed one run or fewer. ... He will make his 37th career start against the Rangers. He is 12-18 with a 3.87 ERA against Texas. ... The Rangers and Angels (7-12) are the only two teams Hernandez has a losing record against with a minimum of 10 career starts. ... He was 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in two starts against the Rangers last season, both in Seattle. ... He will start for the first time at Rangers Ballpark since Sept. 24, 2011, when he allowed five runs in 3-1/3 innings. ... He is 5-8 with a 4.35 ERA in 16 career starts in Arlington and hasn't won here since Sept. 28, 2010.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre (7-for-22, 1 HR, 2 RBIs) has had some success against his good friend and former teammate Hernandez. David Murphy (21-for-69, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs) has gotten the better of King Felix. Jason Bay (3-for-11, 1 HR, 3 RBIs) has had some success against Holland.
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