ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to win a four-game series from Detroit when left-hander Derek Holland takes the mound against the always tough right-hander Doug Fister at 7:05 p.m. Sunday night on ESPN TV and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.
Holland (3-2, 2.93): Holland tries to bounce back after a frustrating outing in Oakland in which the Rangers gave him an early 3-0 lead and couldn't hold it ... The Rangers' left-hander failed to go at least seven innings for only the second time in eight starts ... He couldn't get out of the sixth inning, leaving the game with the tied at 3-3 ... Holland has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his eight starts, tied for third behind Boston's Clay Buchholz's and the New York Mets' Matt Harvey ... Holland's ERA is the fourth lowest among American League left-handers .... He has six quality starts, tied with Yu Darvish for ninth in the AL ... Holland will finally pitch again at Rangers Ballpark after making five of his last six starts on the road ... He is 1-1 with 1 .57 ERA in three home starts ... He is 0-0 with a 1.54 ERA for two career starts against the Tigers, both at home.
Fister (5-1, 3.06): Fister is one of the most consistent pitchers in the AL ... He has allowed three runs or less in all but one of his eight starts ... He won his last start against the Houston, allowing two runs in seven innings in a 7-2 victory against the Astros ... Fister bounced back from his lone rough start of the season when he went only three innings, allowing four runs in a 5-4 loss to Washington ... Fister gives up right around a hit an inning and has walked eight and has allowed one home run in 50 innings ... Fister reached double digits in ground balls outs in his first six starts ... He is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA for four road starts ... Fister bears down with runners in scoring position and two outs, allowing two hits in 21 at-bats ... Fister is 2-4 with a 5.61 ERA for his career against the Rangers, allowing seven home runs in 43 1/3 innings ... He is 0-2 with a 13.00 ERA at Rangers Ballpark ... He has a .404 opponents batting average for five home runs and 13 earned runs allowed in nine innings in Arlington.
Hitters: Nelson Cruz (7-for-16, 1 HR, 3 RBIs) has been struggling off late with three double plays in the last two games but he could turn things around against Fister. David Murphy (8-for-18, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs) has had even more success against the Tigers' right-hander. Torii Hunter (10-for-34, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) has had the most success against Holland.