ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox wrap up a three-game series Wednesday with LHP Derek Holland taking on RHP Josh Beckett at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Holland (6-5, 4.84): The 25-year-old will make his 15th start and 16th appearance of the season. ... It will be his fourth start since returning from the disabled list July 7. ... He is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in his last three starts. ... Despite spending a month on the DL, he is tied for third on the team in wins and is fourth in strikeouts with 67. ... Suffered a loss in his last start in Anaheim on Friday, giving up six runs off nine hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. ... Holds a 8-3 record with a 3.59 ERA in 16 career games (13 starts) in July. ... He has not allowed more than two walks in eight consecutive starts. ... Is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four career starts against Boston. ... He has won three straight games against the Red Sox, dating to 2009. ... Gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings in the Rangers' 6-3 win in Boston on April 18.
Beckett (5-8, 4.53): The 32-year-old is slated to make his 17th start of the season. ... He is coming off a loss to the Chicago White Sox on July 20, where he gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings. ... He is 3-3 with a 4.88 ERA in nine career starts against Texas. ... Picked up a loss in his lone outing against the Rangers this season. He gave up three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work on April 18. ... Boasts a 3-1 career record with a 3.48 ERA in five career starts (all since 2006) at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It is the fourth-best ERA for visiting starters (minimum five starts) at Rangers Ballpark during that same time frame. ... He has allowed one run or less in three of those five starts in Texas.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 41-for-153 against Beckett. ... Josh Hamilton is 8-for-17 (.471) with two home runs and seven RBIs. ... Michael Young is 4-for-24 (.167) with a home run and three RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is 5-for-26 (.192) with a double and 10 strikeouts. ... Current Red Sox are 16-for-78 against Holland. ... Jacoby Ellsbury is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double. ... Adrian Gonzalez is 1-for-9 (.111) with three strikeouts. ... Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-11 (.091) with an RBI.