Texas Rangers: Brett Tomko
Kirkman will be in the bullpen when the Rangers open a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The 24-year-old is is 1-3 with a 5.35 ERA and one save in 10 games (six starts) for Round Rock.
This will be Kirkman’s second stint with Texas this season. He was with the Rangers from April 15-20 and allowed five earned runs in in 1 2/3 innings in his only appearance April 19 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Tomko is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Rangers since his contract was purchased from Round Rock on April 20.
Manager Ron Washington decided he had had enough of Holland when the lefty walked DH Jorge Posada to start the third -- the same Posada who had been 0-for-22 against lefties.
Tomko kept the Yankees under control until Swisher's bomb, his second of the season, tied the score 5-5. Arthur Rhodes relieved Tomko and proceeded to throw six strikes on six pitches to end the frame.
The tie score was short-lived. Mitch Moreland led off the bottom of the sixth with an opposite-field double, and he advanced on Chris Davis' single. Julio Borbon, who earlier extended his hitting streak to seven games, laid down a squeeze bunt to score Moreland and give the Rangers the lead again.
Michael Young would add to that lead with a single up the middle off David Robertson that scored Davis. The Rangers lead 7-5 after six.
The Rangers have 12 hits against the Yankees. Adrian Beltre chased Yankees starter Bartolo Colon with an opposite-field single in the fifth. Boone Logan came on in relief.
* Matt Harrison had the worst outing of his season packed into just one inning. It was an awful first inning for Harrison, who watched as the first six Blue Jays hitters got on base. He gave up three singles (none of them particularly hard) and three walks. One of those was on four pitches to a .148 hitter (Juan Rivera). Harrison just didn't have his command and couldn't make the adjustments. The three walks matched his high for an outing this season, and the Blue Jays took a 5-0 lead.
* Adrian Beltre's glove helped keep the inning from getting any worse. He snagged a ball hit by Travis Snider, stepped on third and then threw to first to get the double play.
* The Rangers tried to claw back in it in the second. David Murphy doubled with two outs, and before it was all over, Chris Davis and Julio Borbon had RBI hits to give the Rangers three runs.
Davis' opposite-field double off the wall in left-center was his first hit for the Rangers in 2011. Davis later doubled to the opposite field again in the ninth.
* Harrison couldn't get the shutdown inning the Rangers needed in the third, giving up a leadoff homer to Adam Lind and then three straight singles to give the the Blue Jays a 7-3 advantage and end the momentum the Rangers tried to generate in the second. Unlike in the first inning, Harrison was hit hard in the third. And that was it for him as he was lifted for Brett Tomko going to the fourth. The outing pushed Harrison's ERA to 3.69 (it was 1.88 going into the game).
* It was just one of those games where Harrison couldn't find the zone, a rarity for him this season. The question: How will he react to it? Will he bounce back in his next start in Oakland? That will be interesting to watch.
* Tomko came in and struggled too. He gave up a one-out double to Corey Patterson and then walked Jose Bautista before Lind hit his second homer of the game. Lind is another Blue Jay who has crushed Rangers pitching. He has 14 homers in 31 games against Texas, his most against any team. He has five multi-homer games, and three of them have come in Arlington.
* Julio Borbon and Beltre made a nice play in the third. Borbon came in to shallow center field on a single and immediately threw to third base. Beltre acted like a throw wasn't coming and then quickly tagged a sliding J.P. Arencibia.
* Looked like manager Ron Washington was having some fun with Beltre as he went to tell him he was going to take him out of the game. Washington rubbed Beltre's head, walked away, turned around and laughed. Beltre had a surprised look on his face. Alexi Ogando and Andres Blanco clearly enjoyed it.
* Borbon had a good defensive game. He made a diving catch coming in on a ball in the seventh and then caught a ball near the wall in deep left-center in the eighth.
* Andrus couldn't grab a one-hopper that went off his glove and was charged with an error. So that's errors in four of the last five games, which is odd for Andrus.
* Tomko gave the club innings Tuesday, coming in for the fourth inning and working through the eighth. He gave up the three-run homer in the fourth that all but ended any hopes of a comeback, but then settled down and got outs. He ended up giving up three hits in those five innings with five strikeouts and two walks. He did save the bullpen. Dave Bush would be the long man tomorrow if needed.
* Darren O'Day, whose left hip has been bothering him, came in for the ninth inning. He hadn't pitched since last Wednesday and the club wanted to see how he would do. He gave up a hit, a chopper between third and short, but two ground outs and a strikeout. Washington gave O'Day a big high-five.
Tomko can live with the "almost," considering what he's gone through the last 19 months while fighting his way back from nerve damage in his right arm. Failing to get the final out -- three times -- and the three-run homer he surrendered won't spoil the big picture for the 38-year-old former starter who signed a minor league deal with the Rangers this offseason and was called up from Triple-A Round Rock last week.
Tomko, cracking a smile, quickly corrected himself.
"I mean not walking off the field, walking on the field. Walking off the field, I wasn't too happy about it," he continued. "It's been a long journey back and it's not just about getting back here, it's about still pitching and having good stuff. I feel my stuff is still there.
"If I could look past that one pitch, it was a good day"
Tomko came in the eighth inning in relief of starter C.J. Wilson with the Rangers holding an 8-4 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Alex Gordon, Tomko got a double play and struck out Jeff Francoeur looking to end the inning. (Francoeur was ejected after arguing the third strike.)
Tomko came out again for the ninth, which Rangers manager Ron Washington said wasn't debated in the dugout.
"No, because Tomko was doing well," Washington said.
Tomko wanted to get back out there. He's waited a long time, after all.
"With the situation -- our bullpen is a little beat up a little bit," he said. "The first inning went well. [Washington] asked me how I felt. I felt good, so I went back out."
The ninth started well enough with two strikeouts. With most of the crowd of 28,284 on their feet, Alcides Escobar singled. Repeat that scene for a single from Chris Getz. Tomko got two strikes on the next batter before Mike Aviles deposited a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats.
Washington then came out to take the ball from Tomko. Arthur Rhodes followed and nailed down the win with his first save of the season.
"It's rough to get the 27th out," Washington said, "but we got it."
Tomko almost did.
* Wilson worked effectively through seven innings, even if the lefty wasn't particularly sharp during stretches. He gave up a pair of long balls on 0-1 pitches to Jeff Francoeur and Mike Aviles, and another two runs in the seventh. He did strike out a 10, this third career game in double figures. Luckily, Wilson didn't need to shut down the Royals with the offense providing plenty of support.
* Arthur Rhodes, 41, is now the oldest Ranger to record a save in team history by getting the game's last out. Darren Oliver, 40, had set the record Saturday night.
* Andres Blanco not only doubled his career home run total, he tied usual starting shortstop Elvis Andrus in that department on the season. Blanco's homer down the left-field line was his first since July 29, 2009, while playing for the Chicago Cubs. It's not rare to see Blanco hit the ball hard -- he swings for the fences -- he just hardly ever goes deep.
* Michael Young has played in all 21 games and shows no signs of slowing down. Spending a third of that time at DH probably has a lot to do with being fresh. "I feel good," Young said before the game. "I always want to play." Young has a 14-game hit streak thanks to his RBI single in the fifth.
* The Rangers not only won a series for the first time since they were in Baltimore (April 9-10), they did it in style. Texas outscored the Royals 22-14 in the three-game sweep. Each of the starters picked up wins -- Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando and Wilson.
* Murphy had a key piece of clutch hitting in the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs. Having gone hitless Saturday and in his first two at-bats Sunday, Murphy sliced a double to left-center the cleared the bases to extend the lead to 8-2, which barely stood up.
* Tomko made his Texas debut, relieving Wilson in the eighth and nearly finishing the game. He got two outs in the ninth before allowing three straight hits, including Aviles' three-run homer. Tomko hadn't pitched in the majors since 2009, ironically also at Rangers Ballpark, but as a starter for Oakland. The Rangers purchased his contract from Triple-A Round Rock last Wednesday. Read more about Tomko's journey back from arm trouble here from Richard Durrett.
* Mike Napoli and Adrian Beltre also had solo home runs for Texas. Every starter had at least one hit, except for Mitch Moreland, who was batting second for the first time in his career. Julio Borbon started for the first time in four games, and had two hits and two steals.
“I wanted to be here more than I wanted to be in the big leagues in the first place,” said Tomko, who was called up Wednesday to be one of the club's long relievers. It comes after he signed a minor-league deal this offseason, performed well in spring training and kept working on things at Triple-A Round Rock.
Tomko returned to the last big league stadium in which he pitched, back in 2009. It was in Arlington, as the A's and Rangers played out the string late in the 2009 season, that Tomko's career was altered with one pitch to Chris Davis.
"I told CD that if he'd been a Punch-and-Judy hitter, I might not have felt the need to throw it that hard," Tomko said.
But as he released a fastball toward Davis in the ninth inning of what would become a complete-game shutout in a 9-0 Oakland win, Tomko felt something pop.
"I thought my bicep had torn," Tomko said. "I was feeling around and noticed it was still there."
He told his catcher, Kurt Suzuki, that something was wrong and to keep calling curve balls, figuring he could finish the inning if he stayed away from the hard stuff. After the game, an impressive 114-pitch effort with five hits allowed, Tomko was having a drink when he noticed the glass felt like 20 pounds.
"I went back to ice the area and by 3 in the morning, part of my forearm was numb," Tomko said. "It just got worse."
Tomko was diagnosed with a nerve problem. He said when he threw the pitch to Davis, his nerve tightened and then stretched out. The result was nearly his entire right arm was numb and tingly. And surgery wasn't an option.
"I sort of wish I could have had surgery because it would have fixed something right away," Tomko said. "Instead, I just had to wait for the nerve to heal."
He was told it would be one inch per month.
"I took an ice cube and put in on my arm to see if I could feel the cold," Tomko said, showing an area just below his elbow. "I couldn't feel it and then a few weeks later, I could. It just kept working it's way down."
Tomko shaved the hair on his forearm because whenever the hair moved, it felt like his arm was burning. At first, he even cut off the sleeves on his sweatshirts because he didn't want anything touching the arm.
"Now I don't feel it when I pitch," Tomko said. "It gets tingly sometimes, but it's just fine out there."
Tomko got emotional as he recounted conversations with his wife, Julia, when he lost arm strength and was throwing 80 mph and wondering if he'd ever regain his velocity.
"I was in Stockton last year and all of a sudden my velocity jumped 2 mph and then it jumped 2 more and I thought, 'Maybe I'm on the way back,'" Tomko said.
The Rangers took a flier on Tomko this offseason, signing him to a minor-league contract. Tomko felt he could come in and prove himself. He was brought over the major league side of camp midway through spring training and was one of the final cuts made before the season started.
Tomko was in the starting rotation and was 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in two starts for Round Rock. He pitched into the seventh inning in his most recent start and allowed two hits until a couple of walks hurt him and inflated his line.
"The numbers aren’t the best but I feel like I’ve been throwing the ball well," Tomko said. "I feel like my stuff is good."
Tomko has been primarily a starter throughout his career. He pitched 15 games in relief with the Yankees in 2009. He's with the Rangers in case he's needed in long relief.
Tobin underwent an MRI on Wednesday that showed the extent of his injury. By putting him on the 60-day disabled list, the Rangers can make room for Brett Tomko on the 40-man roster. He was called up from Triple-A Round Rock along with catcher Taylor Teagarden on Wednesday. Michael Kirkman was optioned to Triple-A. The club must make a move to put Tomko on the 40-man roster. One possibility is place Wilmer Font, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, on the 60-day DL.
The move allows manager Ron Washington to increase the versatility of Mike Napoli. The plan when the club traded for Napoli was that he could play first base and DH and would be the third catcher. But bullpen issues in the spring forced the team to trade Matt Treanor, making Napoli the backup catcher. That also handcuffed Washington from playing Napoli as the DH for fear of losing the DH if Yorvit Torrealba got hurt.
Now he can move Napoli around a little more if he chooses.
Tobin, picked up in the Rule 5 draft from the Angels (the Cubs drafted him and traded him to Texas), must spend 90 days on the active roster or be offered back to the Angels. But those 90 days can carry over to 2012 if this injury lingers.
* Who is the fifth starter? The leading candidate is Alexi Ogando, who is being stretched out to start and is scheduled to pitch against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. If he ends up in the rotation, that creates some more questions in the bullpen.
* How many spots are available in the pen? Well, that depends. First, let's assume the club goes with a 12-man staff, which means seven bullpen spots. If Ogando is in the rotation, that leaves four pitchers fighting for two spots: Mason Tobin, Brett Tomko, Pedro Strop and Mark Lowe. Tobin is a Rule 5 pick, so if he isn't on the active roster, the Rangers risk losing him. Tomko is on a minor league deal and doesn't have an out until June. Strop and Lowe have options. The Rangers will let it play out for a few more days.
The club is exploring all options, and that includes carrying eight relievers. The club could elect to use one of those relievers as a starter at times in the first month or two of the season if needed. If the team keeps eight, that means three of the four remaining candidates can make the roster. But keeping eight also means shortening the bench, so I think it's a long shot. Julio Borbon should break with the club if he's healthy (and he played Sunday). So how does the club shorten the bench in that scenario? They could go with Mike Napoli as the backup catcher and leave Matt Treanor off. But they like Treanor's catching ability and the insurance of having him on the bench. Again, that seems unlikely. UPDATE: Apparently this was more likely than I let on. The club traded Treanor to Kansas City this morning.
* Tobin, to me, is on this team. He's pitched well and the club doesn't want to lose him. Lowe will get some more chances this week to impress. He put up zeroes in his last outing, so we'll see. Strop has had the better spring, so he could get on the roster and Lowe could end up in Triple-A to work on his stuff, which includes a curve that he's learning.
* What about Tomko? Dave Bush is on the team, so the club doesn't need to carry both of them. But if you're wondering how to keep Ogando as the eighth-inning setup role and bolster the bullpen some, what about starting Tomko? Not likely, but just a thought.
Keep in mind that this fifth starter spot could be temporary. The club could have a look at Ogando and see how he does. Then, when Tommy Hunter or Brandon Webb are ready -- or if Michael Kirkman or Eric Hurley push their way in the discussion -- the team can look at the options. If Ogando is struggling, he could always end up back in the bullpen.
Anyway, we'll see how it all sorts out. One way or the other, the club will be ready come Friday.
* RHP Mark Lowe pleased manager Ron Washington with how he changed speeds, threw inside to hitters and got outs. "It was good he had an inning with zeroes in it," Washington said. Lowe has been working on a curve ball so that he can use a pitch that is considerably slower than the power stuff he's been throwing (fastball at 97 mph, slider at 85, change at 88). Kevin Cash, who caught Lowe on Friday, said he likes the pitch and that it got some swings and misses from hitters. "He just needs to keep throwing it," Cash said. "It's going to help him in the long run."
Lowe had one strikeout and didn't allow a hit to the three batters he faced.
* RHP Brett Tomko, in the running for a middle relief spot, went five innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. "He kept us in the ballgame, we just couldn't score any runs," Washington said. We'll see how it all shakes out, but Tomko certainly has an opportunity at that job. This from a guy who came into camp on a minor-league deal just hoping he could show the team something.
* 1B Mitch Moreland had a homer, his fourth of the spring, in the first as the Rangers scored five runs off Andrew Cashner (TCU product). But after that first inning, Texas never scored again.
* RHP Neftali Feliz had his fastball in the upper 90s and gave up just one hit in his lone inning of work. He certainly looks ready to go.
* DH Mike Napoli was 2-for-4 in the game. He's hitting .326 this spring.
* The Rangers gave regulars Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton the day off.
Washington believes Brett Tomko is more of a long relief option, but admits that's his opinion and may not be the opinion of the rest of the Rangers' brain trust. Eric Hurley is a name that hasn't been mentioned the past few days.
"He's part of our depth," Washington said. "I think you have to think about it."
Hurley is likely a longer shot than some of the other names based on the fact that he hasn't pitched in two years (shoulder surgery in 2009, three separate wrist surgeries in 2010). But he's had a good spring -- one run allowed in nine innings in Cactus League play -- and is scheduled to be in the rotation in Triple-A Round Rock.
Kirkman was assigned to minor-league camp hours before Tommy Hunter strained his groin. He gave up seven earned runs in 11 1/3 Cactus League innings and continues to get his work in to be one of the leaders of the Round Rock rotation. If the club goes with Kirkman, it would give them four lefties in the rotation. That's something that doesn't concern Washington.
"The only priority is the guy we think can get the outs," Washington said.
Don't underestimate Ogando's chances at getting that spot, either. There are those in the organization who would like to see it happen. He's got a full repertoire of pitches. He'd take his lumps, but has potential there. The issue, like it was with Neftali Feliz, is do you take him out of the bullpen with the way the bullpen has performed this spring?
Stay tuned. They should make a call on that spot in the next few days so they can make sure whoever that is gets one more extended outing.
* Obviously, first and foremost is the rotation. The Rangers will continue to search external possibilities, but it's likely that Hunter's replacement comes from within. Manager Ron Washington said Thursday that Brett Tomko wasn't one of those rotation options. That would leave Michael Kirkman and Dave Bush as the two leading internal contenders. Kirkman was vying for a rotation spot until hours before Hunter's injury, so he would appear to have the inside track. The plan was for him to go to Triple-A Round Rock as a starter, so his preparation will be the same.
* Bush has an out in his contract on Sunday. The club must decide if he's on the roster or he can take his out and be free to join any team. But this late in spring training, it's possible Bush would decide to go to Triple-A Round Rock (especially with the Rangers' depth issues with pitchers down there not quite ready to pitch in the majors because of injuries, etc.) if he isn't on the team. Either way, Texas must figure that out in the next few days. Bush and Brett Tomko are competing for that long relief spot. But with Hunter out, Bush becomes an important guy to have on the squad because of his starting experience.
* Speaking of Tomko, the out clause in his contract isn't until June. So he could go to Triple-A, stay stretched out, and be another depth starter/long reliever should they need him. He's pitched well this spring and could still make the big club, of course.
* The Rangers have talked about depth being a major factor in their ability to win games last season. They will likely keep looking to build that starting pitching depth. Because right now, it appears that Tanner Scheppers will start in Round Rock (he's still learning to start and coming back off some minor back issues this spring) along with either Tomko or Bush, Zach Jackson, Eric Hurley (who missed most of the last two years) and someone else. That wouldn't leave many guys ready to come up to the majors quickly if another injury occurred.
So we'll see how the Rangers sort the pitching situation out. Of course, they have some other roster decisions off the mound too. All of that should be coming into focus over the next few days.
Neftali Feliz is the closer with Alexi Ogando, Darren O'Day and lefties Arthur Rhodes and Darren Oliver locked into spots. But that leaves a long relief role and a right-handed setup man still to fill.
Brett Tomko and Dave Bush are fighting for that long relief job now that Michael Kirkman has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Mark Lowe, Pedro Strop and Mason Tobin are candidates for the other late-inning relief job.
"We'll see how it goes," Washington said.
Lowe was penciled in to a spot before spring training began, so he's now in a position where he'll have to fight for a job.
"He just has to start getting some outs," Washington said. "We certainly like his stuff. We like Mark Lowe real well. He just has to start getting some outs."
C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis are the only pitchers who have been officially guaranteed rotation spots, but it sounds like the Rangers have more or less settled on the Nos. 3 and 4 starters as well.
|Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux joins Ben & Skin to explain the clubhouse dynamic during spring training, and even drops a hint as to what the starting rotation might look like to open the season.
“Then the other spot is going to come down to the last couple of weeks.”
Harrison, Hunter or whoever earns the fifth spot will likely be bumped from the rotation at some point early in the season. The Rangers haven’t put a timetable on former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb, but he’s progressing well after a two-year layoff due to arm injuries. Ron Washington has said it’s a matter of when, not if, Webb will join the Rangers’ rotation.
Harrison, a 25-year-old lefty, has a 1.00 ERA in nine Cactus League innings. He has a 16-10 record and 5.39 ERA while bouncing between the back of the rotation and the bullpen the last few seasons.
Hunter, a 24-year-old righty, has an 8.31 ERA this spring but owns the eighth highest winning percentage in the majors over the last two seasons among pitchers with at least 30 decisions (22-10, .688).
Maddux named six other candidates for the final rotation spot: lefties Derek Holland and Michael Kirkman and righties Dave Bush, Brett Tomko, Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz.
Feliz, who set a major league rookie record with 40 saves last season, is clearly the most talented of that crop. The question is whether it’s worth creating a hole at closer to fill a spot in the rotation this season.
“It’s going to come down to the team need on that one,” Maddux said. “It’s good to have those options. Do you want your best pitcher to start or do you want your best pitcher to close? We’re in a good spot with that.”
Tomko was in minor league camp and assistant GM Thad Levine said he was "very proactive and come in and do literally whatever it took to be seen by our major league staff." Tomko has done all the work in minor league camp, including talking with the minor league pitchers in a group setting on Friday.
"Mike Maddux has had him pitch on the major league side a few times and really liked what he saw," Levine said. "We wanted to reward him for the work and the determination and also because he sees in him a guy that could help our 2011 big league team. He's going to come over and get a more formal look and we'll see how it goes."
Tomko, 37, signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Feb. 19. He had a nerve problem in 2009 and that impacted his 2010 season. The Rangers want to see if he can return to form. If so, he provides some important depth at Triple-A Round Rock.
"We'd like to see as much of him as we possibly can," manager Ron Washington said.
* Zach Phillips was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
* Engel Beltre and Fabio Castillo were optioned to Double-A Frisco.
* Wilmer Font was placed on the disabled list at Class A Myrtle Beach.
"Meatballs," he said.
Wilson was hit hard in the first, but he rebounded with two scoreless innings and threw 57 pitches over three innings, one pitch higher than the number targeted, manager Ron Washington said. He actually threw fastballs and changeups in the first, part of a plan in which he threw different pitches in each of the three innings.
He said he was frustrated that he wasn't locating his first-inning pitches. Kurt Suzuki smacked a double off the wall and then after a two-out walk put two on for Kevin Kouzmanoff. The third baseman hit a three-run homer. Wilson, tabbed the Rangers' Opening Day starter, gave up the three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Julio Borbon had two hits, including a triple, and Mitch Moreland drove in two runs as the Rangers came back to win, 6-3.
Here are the top six items of the day:
1. The Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels agreed to a four-extension that will keep him in office through the 2015 season. Daniels is credited with rebuilding the minor-league system, which helped to make the Cliff Lee deal possible last July and has delivered young All-Stars in right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz and shortstop Elvis Andrus.
2. Would Josh Hamilton rather play center field on an everyday basis rather than left field? Well, the chances of making a spectacular play are significantly higher in center field, where Hamilton made plenty of highlight reel plays in the postseason. But, the team wants Hamilton in left, believing it will reduce his chances of slamming into the wall and diving for balls in the gap. But, Hamilton just might prefer the spectacular. Ron Washington, however, prefers the defending AL MVP healthy.
3. The Rangers have high hopes for young right-hander Tanner Scheppers, but his spring came to an aching halt Thursday when he felt something in his lower back early in his stint against the Cubs. He had an MRI Fridayand the results will be ready by Dr. Keith Meister, who will also evalute Tanner when he arrives in town Friday morning.
4. After C.J. Wilson gave up three runs in the first inning, four pitchers, led by rotation hopeful Dave Bush shut did not allow another run. Bush threw three innings, allowing just two hits and he struck out two. Arthur Rhodes pitched his second second perfect inning of the spring and Mason Tobin and Brett Tomko each pitched a scoreless inning.
5. Chris Daviswas once thought of as the Rangers' first baseman of the future. But, he couldn't get the job done when called up at varying times and now he's behind Mitch Moreland, who appears on his way to being the Opening Day first baseman. Chris Davis has been seeing plenty of time at third base and he clearly feels like he can showcase his skills there in hopes of landing a big-league job with another team.
6. Derek Holland was pleased with his spring debut on Tuesday and he's been a happy camper so far, believing he's on the right path toward landing a spot in the starting rotation. Believe it or not, but a wardrobe full of silly t-shirts has helped Holland's personality shine and helped him relax and just have fun.
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