Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Jason Vargas

April, 5, 2013
4/05/13
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ARLINGTON, Texas --The Texas Rangers celebrate their home opener against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday afternoon, when they send Derek Holland to the mound against Jason Vargas. The game starts at 1:07 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540-AM and FSSW.

LHP Derek Holland (12-7, 4.67 ERA in 2012): Holland looks to bounce back season, and he had a strong spring that should give him momentum going into Friday's start. … Holland was 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA in the Cactus League. ... He had 16 strikeouts and a walk in 17 innings. ... Holland has some positives to draw on from last year, including a career-best strikeouts-to-walks ratio (2.79). ... Holland missed a month last season with shoulder fatigue, but still pitched 175 innings. ... He had a problem with the long ball, giving up 32 home runs, fifth most in the AL. ... Holland represented Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. ... He is 7-5 with a 5.58 ERA in 16 games against the Angels. ... And he beat the Angels twice in September, including going seven innings and allowing two runs in Anaheim.

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LHP Jason Vargas (14-11, 3.85 ERA in 2012): Vargas changes teams in the AL West, coming from the Seattle Mariners. … He was traded to the Angels for Kendry Morales. ... Vargas had a rough spring, finishing with a 7.54 ERA. ... The 30-year-old Vargas comes off his best of four seasons in Seattle, winning a career-best 14 games and pitching a career-high 217 1/3 innings. ... It was the second season in a row Vargas has topped 200 innings. ... Vargas allowed 35 home runs last season, tied for the second most in the AL with Phil Hughes. ... Vargas is 4-6 with a 4.68 ERA against the Rangers. ... He is 2-2 with a 4.58 ERA in his last three seasons at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Hitters: Rangers right-handed batters Ian Kinsler (11-for-32, 5 2Bs, 3 RBIs) and Nelson Cruz (7-for-26, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs) have had success when they've connected off of Vargas. ... Albert Pujols (6-for-13, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs), Mike Trout (5-for-14, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs), Mark Trumbo (8-for-25, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs and Alberto Callaspo (11-for-31, 5 2Bs, 4 RBIs) all have given Holland fits.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182