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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Travis Wood

By Todd Wills

The Rangers and Cubs open a three-game series with a pair of 26-year-old left-handers taking the mound as Derek Holland faces Travis Wood. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.

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Holland (0-1, 2.40): Holland has had quality starts in each of his first two outings. He allowed two earned runs in both starts, going seven innings against the Angels and eight innings against the Rays. ... Holland has gone at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less in six of his last eight starts. ... Holland, who gave up 32 home runs last season, has allowed only one this year. ... Opponents are hitting just .209 off Holland. ... The Rangers have scored only two runs in support of him. ... Holland will make his first start at Wrigley Field. He has started once against the Cubs, giving up two earned runs on home runs to Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro back in 2010. ... Holland is 1-5 with a 5.96 ERA in nine career interleague starts, with three straight losses. ... He is 0-for-7 as a hitter with three strikeouts.

Wood (1-0, 1.46 ERA): Wood is making his third start of the season. ... He allowed two earned runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings last Tuesday against Milwaukee, leaving the game trailing 3-0. He had six strikeouts and three walks. ... Wood relies mostly on a fastball and cutter. ... He averages one home run allowed per nine innings for his career and gave up 25 long balls last season. ... Wood was 6-13 with a 4.13 ERA last season and hasn't recorded a victory since July 17, 2012. ... This is Wood's first career start against the Rangers.

Hitters: Lance Berkman (7-for-11, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs) and Jeff Baker (3-for-8, 1 HR, 1 RBI) have had success against Wood. Brent Lillibridge (3-for-10, 1 HR, 2 RBIs) and Dioner Navarro (2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBIs) have done well against Holland.