Texas Rangers: Dan Heran

Matchup: Dan Haren vs. Derek Holland

August, 26, 2011
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.

Matchup: Dan Haren vs. Derek Holland

July, 20, 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Former Texas Rangers pitcher Charlie Hough attended Tuesday night's game. Hopefully, he'll be back at Angel Stadium tonight to watch LHP Derek Holland try to become the first Rangers pitcher to throw three consecutive shutouts since Hough had a club record three in a row in 1983. Holland has a tough assignment against Los Angeles Angles RHP Dan Haren.

Holland (8-4, 4.32 ERA): The 24-year-old is looking for a career-best ninth win as he's set to make his 20th start of the season. He's coming off his two best starts of the season with consecutive nine-inning shutouts following his worst outing in which he failed to get out of the first inning on July 2 against Florida. In his last start, a 5-0 win at Seattle last Thursday, Holland scattered five hits, walked one and struck out eight while throwing 118 pitches. Holland has three total shutouts this season (also June 4 at Cleveland) which matches Jim Umbarger (1976) and Paul Kilgas (1988) for most every by a Texas lefty in a single season.

Haren (10-6, 2.75 ERA): The righty lost his last start at Oakland on July to snap a four-game winning streak. He gave up four runs in the loss after allowing just two in his previous three starts combined. In his last start against the Rangers on May 14 in Arlington, Haren did not figure in the decision despite allowing just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings. In 15 career starts against Texas, Haren is 4-6 with a 3.40 ERA.

Hitters: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has Haren's number throughout their careers, batting .447 over 47 at-bats that includes 10 extra-base hits among his 21 hits. Beltre also has a team-high eight RBIs. Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton each have just five at-bats against Haren and both are hitting .400. ...Five Angels are hitting .300 or better against Holland, led by Alberto Callaspo (.556, 5-for-9). Torii Hunter is just 2-for-12 (.188) against the Rangers' lefty and Vernon Wells is 1-for-4 (.250).

Daniels looks internally for improvement

July, 25, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club is more focused on getting a boost from players who will return from injury -- pitchers Rich Harden and Derek Holland, plus catcher Matt Treanor -- than through trades as the deadline inches closer.

"We'll continue to survey the market. If there's something out there that helps us, we'll move on it, but that's the same as it was yesterday," Daniels said. "I'm not going to handicap anything. We've got some guys coming back that could help us."

Of course, the Rangers also have that little issue of bankruptcy court hanging over any potential move. Daniels described the club's flexibility to make deals as "the same spot as we've been in."

He was then asked if that meant he doesn't feel hamstrung to make a deal. Daniels deadpanned, "I didn't say that."

He said any potential trades would go through the proper MLB channels on a case-by-case basis for approval.

*Daniels said he wasn't suprised to see the Angels make a trade Sunday for Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Dan Haren.

"Not to say we knew about it by any stretch, but they're a very well-run organization and they're opportunistic," Daniels said. "I don't think we expected that they were not going to look to improve their club. They got a very good pitcher."

Daniels would not specify if the Rangers had looked at Haren when talks seemed to be stymied with the Mariners over Cliff Lee, but he said that Lee was always at the top of their wish list.

*On Lee's first three starts, Daniels said he's "done just what you'd hoped for: Gives us a chance to win, saves the bullpen and provided a real energy for our fan base, our club and set the tone for some of our other pitchers as well."

*Daniels refuted a report that said the Rangers had three scouts in Baltimore on Friday night to watch Orioles first baseman Ty Wiggington. The Rangers are interested in acquiring a right-handed first baseman.



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182