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Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Hisashi Iwakuma

8/16/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers open a three-game series against Seattle on Friday night with left-hander Derek Holland facing Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on Ch. 21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.

Holland (9-6, 3.07): Holland has eight quality starts in his last nine outings as he continues his most consistent season of his career. ... He is 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA in that span. ... Holland took a no-decision in the Rangers' 5-4 victory over the Astros on Saturday, allowing three earned runs in six innings. ... Holland has gone seven innings or more and has allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his 24 starts. ... He has allowed more than four earned runs only once all season. ... Holland is in the top 10 in the American League in ERA (ninth), strikeouts (7th, 151) and innings (9th, 161.0). ... He is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA for two starts against Seattle this season. ... He has eight out of 11 quality starts against the Mariners. ... Holland is 2-5 with a 3.48 ERA for 11 starts at home this season.

Iwakuma (10-6, 3.02): Iwakuma tweaked his back in the seventh inning of his start Sunday against Milwaukee, but he'll be out there against the Rangers. ... He matched his worst start of the season against the Brewers, allowing six runs in 6 2/3 innings. ... Iwakuma allowed a season-high nine hits. ... Iwakuma is eighth in the AL in ERA and sixth with 164 innings pitched. .... He is 5-3 with a 3.20 ERA for 11 road starts. ... Iwakuma is 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA against the Rangers this season. ... He allowed four earned runs in five innings and suffered the loss in his only start at Rangers Ballpark in July.

Hitters: Ian Kinsler (6-for-15, 3 HRs, 3 RBIs) and Adrian Beltre (6-for-17, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) have done damage against Iwakuma. Kyle Seager (6-for-17, 1 HR, 2 RBIs) has hit well against Holland and most of the Rangers' pitchers.