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Saturday, September 28, 2013
Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Garrett Richards

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to keep their playoff hopes alive with left-hander Derek Holland facing Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards at 11:05 a.m. Saturday morning on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540AM.

Holland (10-9, 3.33 ERA): Holland threw a complete-game shutout against the Houston Astros in start No. 32 of the season Monday, ending a streak of eight straight winless starts. ... Holland is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five September starts. ... His 2.53 ERA in day games in sixth best in the American League. ... The Rangers have given him 4.32 runs of support per start, 14th lowest in the AL. ... Holland has faced the Angels once this season, allowing six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on Sept. 7. ... He is 7-6 with a 5.81 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) against the Halos.

Richards (7-7, 4.09 ERA): Richards makes his 17th start and 47th appearance of the season. ... He lost his last start Monday against Oakland, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. ... He is 5-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts since rejoining the Angels' rotation. ... Richards is 2-0 with a 4.33 ERA for nine games (five starts) against the Rangers. ... He beat Holland on Sept. 7 in Anaheim as he allowed one earned run and six hits in seven innings in an 8-3 Angels win.

Hitters: Howie Kendrick is 17-for-45 with two home runs and 12 RBIs against Holland. Leonys Martin is 3-for-5 with an RBI against Richards.