Holland (0-0, 0.00): The left-hander comes into the season fresh off a new contract that could keep him a Ranger for seven years. ... His numbers weren't great to finish spring training, but Holland did what he wanted to do in spring -- build up his arm strength and work on his two-seam fastball. ... He comes in following his career-best season. He was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 198 innings. ... Starting July 7, Holland was 10-1 with a 2.77 ERA in his final 15 regular season starts. ... In two starts against the White Sox last season, Holland was 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA (9 ER on 12 hits in 7 1/3 innings).
Peavy (0-0, 0.00 ERA): He was 7-7 with a 4.92 ERA in 111 2/3 innings in 2011 for the White Sox. ... It was his second full season with the club after spending parts of eight seasons in San Diego. ... Peavy struggled in two starts against Texas last year, pitching a total of nine runs on 11 hits in nine innings. ... Part of the innings was that Peavy started a game that was delayed by rain in Arlington in which he went just three innings and gave up two runs.
Hitters: Holland has faced only two of the White Sox hitters at least five times -- Kosuke Fukudome and Paul Konerko -- and both are 1-for-5. ... Josh Hamilton is 6-for-12 off Peavy with two homers and four RBIs. ... The two Rangers with the most at-bats off Peavy have struggled against him: Adrian Beltre (8-for-34) and Yorvit Torrealba (7-for-29).
Thursday vs. SEA (1:05 p.m., FSSW): LHP Derek Holland vs. LHP Jason Vargas
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