The first game of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays is tonight in St. Pete. We have the pitching matchups as the Rangers come in after winning two of three from Kansas City.
Derek Holland (3-1, 4.68): The left-hander is making his 11th start of the season. ... Holland has ended up with a no-decision in six consecutive starts, sporting an ERA of 4.91 over that span. ... He was taken out after a nearly three-hour rain delay last week after going four innings. He allowed four runs on four hits with four strikeouts vs. the Chicago White Sox. ... Holland has pitched at least six innings in seven of his last 10 starts. ... In three career games against Tampa Bay, Holland is 2-1 with a 7.04 ERA.
Wade Davis (4-4, 3.71):He's lost two of his last three starts and has allowed 16 earned runs in 30 innings so far this month. His last victory was May 8 at Baltimore. ... Right-handed hitters are only hitting .237 against him but have hit seven home runs. ... The Rays are 5-5 in games when he pitches. ... Josh Hamilton is the lone Ranger with a home run against Davis. Adrian Beltre has two hits in five at-bats vs. Davis.