ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Holland has his changeup back to where it was when he was in the minor leagues, giving him an added weapon, he said Tuesday.
"I had lost my feel for it," Holland said.
Holland used his changeup 14 times in Friday's 3-2 win over the Angels -- he got a no-decision -- all of them against right-handed hitters. He threw it to get outs against Mark Trumbo and Howard Kendrick early in the game.
Holland got a double-play ball from the Angels hitter who has given him the most grief, third baseman Alberto Callaspo, in the seventh inning to keep the Rangers within 2-1 of the Angels. Adrian Beltre hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to tie the score.
Holland wanted to make sure he has the pitch in his arsenal, so he worked on it in spring training. He said Tuesday that this is the best he's thrown his changeup since 2010 when he was pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was called up later in the year by the Rangers.
Holland will start Wednesday afternoon's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"His finger is progressing very nicely," manager Ron Washington said.
But Martin, who has started four games and has one hit in 13 at-bats, did get a vote of confidence Tuesday from general manager Jon Daniels. Martin was back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
"He earned a spot on this team," Daniels said. "We're not going to reverse course a week or 10 days into the season. We believe in him."
Nathan gets Rays' lineup card: Rays manager Joe Maddon sent over his lineup card from Monday's game and signed it for Rangers closer Joe Nathan, who picked up his 300th save. Maddon wrote the message: “Congrats. Outstanding career. Keep it going.” Nathan said he would seek Maddon out on the field during batting practice and thank him.
News from Surprise: The Rangers had several rehabbing pitchers put in work Tuesday at extended spring training in Surprise, Ariz. Reliever Joakim Soria threw 28 pitches in a bullpen session, and Colby Lewis threw 26 pitches. RHP Neftali Feliz is scheduled to throw a bullpen Thursday after throwing on flat ground from 90 feet on Tuesday.