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Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Zach McAllister

9/12/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final game of this series with the Cleveland Indians features LHP Derek Holland, looking for his 11th win, against RHP Zach McAllister. The game is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the pitching matchup:

Holland (10-6, 4.59 ERA): He's pitched well of late, putting together three straight wins before Friday in Tampa, when he had his best start of the season but got a no-decision. ... Holland held the Rays to one run in eight innings and had a career-high 11 strikeouts, but the Rangers lost 3-1 in 11 innings. ... It was his third career 10-strikeout game and the first since June 2011. ... Holland is 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA in his last six starts. ... Opponents are hitting .233 against him, the seventh-best mark in the AL. ... He is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts against Cleveland in his career.

McAllister (5-7, 4.31 ERA): The 24-year-old will make his 19th start of the season following his second-shortest outing of the season. ... McAllister allowed two runs on two hits in three innings with three walks and one strikeout at Target Field against the Twins. ... He's given up 14 runs in 12 1/3 innings in his last three starts. ... This is his first career appearane in Arlington and his second vs. Texas. ... He pitched five innings against the Rangers on Sept. 2 in Cleveland and allowed seven runs on 11 hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Hitters: McAllister hasn't faced any Rangers hitter more than three at-bats, but Nelson Cruz (2-for-3), Jurickson Profar (2-for-3, double, HR) and David Murphy (2-for-2, HR) have hit him well. ... Mitch Moreland is 0-for-3 off him. ... The current Indians are hitting .252 against Holland. ... Brent Lillibridge is 3-for-7 with a homer and two RBIs. ... Carlos Santana (5-for-13, 2 HR, 7 RBIs) has gotten the best of Holland so far in his career. ... Jason Donald and Jack Hannahan are a combined 2-for-16 off him.

Up next:

Fri. vs. Sea: RHP Yu Darvish (14-9, 4.14) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4, 3.39), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Sat. vs. Sea: RHP Scott Feldman (6-11, 4.97) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (14-10, 3.85), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21

Sun. vs. Sea: LHP Matt Harrison (16-9, 3.36 ERA) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (9-9, 5.01), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW