Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Max Scherzer

July, 13, 2013
7/13/13
11:32
AM CT
The Rangers try to even their road series at Detroit and end one of the best starts by a pitcher in 37 years when left-hander Derek Holland faces Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, who has started the season with a 13-0 record. First pitch is at 6:15 p.m. on FOX Channel 4 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.

Holland (7-4, 3.19 ERA): Holland has allowed four earned runs or fewer in 17 of his 18 starts. … He is on one of his best streaks of the season, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his past three starts. … He is 11th in the American League in ERA and seventh with 114 strikeouts. … Holland is on regular rest after throwing a career-high 125 pitches in his last start Monday against Baltimore, an 8-5 Rangers win. … He allowed three earned runs and 10 hits in 6⅔ innings. … Holland has worked seven-plus innings and allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his 18 starts. … He'll need that kind of effort going up against Scherzer. … Holland has started against the Tigers once this season, allowing four runs in 4⅔ innings. … He allowed two home runs, both to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. … Holland is 0-0 with a 3.31 ERA in three regular-season starts against the Tigers.

Scherzer (13-0, 3.06 ERA): Scherzer takes his second crack at becoming the first pitcher in major league history to go into the All-Star break with a 14-0 record. … He can become the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to start the season 14-0. … Scherzer has devastating stuff with one of the best fastballs in the game and a slider and sinker to go with it. … He is equally tough on right-handed and left-handed batters. … Righties are batting .184 against him and lefties .209 versus him. … Scherzer has a 4.01 ERA this season at Comerica Park. … He is 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers.

Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (10-for-31, 1 HR, 5 RBIs) has had success against Scherzer. Miguel Cabrera (3-for-8, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) and Torii Hunter (11-for-37, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) lead a tough lineup against Holland.

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BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
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RA. Beltre 79
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