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Friday, August 26, 2011
Matchup: Dan Haren vs. Derek Holland

By Jeff Caplan

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers LHP Derek Holland gets back up on the hill after another frustrating start in the finale at Chicago, the second time in four starts he failed to get out of the fourth inning. He'll face the streaking Los Angeles Angels, who have won six in a row, and he'll face tough RHP Dan Haren.

Haren (13-6, 2.98 ERA): The big right-hander has been quite good on the road with a 6-3 record and 3.34 ERA. He's struck out 74 and walked just 12. ... In two starts this season against Texas, he fared much better in Arlington than in his own yard. All told, Haren has given up eight earned runs in 12 innings. He has struck out eight and walked just one, but he's allowed 15 hits. The Rangers chased him in the fifth inning during the July series in Anaheim, but Texas couldn't hold an 8-3 lead. Back in May in Arlington, Haren allowed one earned run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Holland (11-5, 4.42 ERA): Every time he takes the mound, the 24-year-old left-hander must have his manager guessing which pitcher will show up. Holland has a club-leading four complete-game shutouts, but he's also had seven starts of five innings or less, including two in August. ... His latest clunker at Chicago in which he lasted 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks snapped a five-game win streak (Texas rallied to beat Cleveland, 8-7, after he lasted just 1 2/3 innings on Aug. 5). ... Against the Angels, he has a 5.40 ERA in three starts. He couldn't hold the 8-3 lead back in July in Anaheim, but is coming off a brilliant 8 2/3 innings in which he allowed three runs on nine hits and came one out away from his fifth complete game.

Hitters: The Angels have a pretty good track record against Holland with Alberto Callaspo batting .400 (6-of-15) with three doubles. Howie Kendrick is batting .318 (7-of-22) with four doubles and Erick Aybar is hitting .320 (8-of-25) with three doubles. ... Injured third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss hitting against Heran. Beltre is batting .469 against him, but he'll be out of the lineup. David Murphy could get the call with a .357 average (5-of-14) and Michael Young is batting .304 (14-of-46) against him and is tied with Beltre with nine RBIs.