ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to avoid a four-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays when left-hander Derek Holland faces Chien-Ming Wang at 2:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
Holland (5-3, 3.11 ERA): Holland comes off his shortest outing of the season, in which he allowed four earned runs in 4⅓ innings in a 5-2 loss to Cleveland He allowed nine hits and threw 85 pitches It ended a four-game winning streak Holland came out sizzling, striking out the first three batters of the game, then allowed multiple runners in each of the next four innings Holland has been hit of late, allowing eight or more hits in six of his past seven starts That's a .329 opponent batting average after a .199 mark the first six starts Holland has not allowed a run in the first two innings in any start this season He is 12th in the American League in ERA Holland is 3-1 with a 4.82 ERA in six games/five starts against Toronto.
Wang (0-0, 6.14 ERA): Wang got a no-decision his first start with the Blue Jays, allowing two earned runs in 7⅓ innings in a 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox He agreed to a one-year contract with the Jays on June 11 The 33-year-old right-hander was 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in nine starts this season for the New York Yankees' Triple-A team at Scranton-Wilkes-Barre He was released by his former team at his request Wang had back-to-back 19-win seasons for the Yankees in 2006 and '07 before suffering multiple injuries running the bases in an interleague game in 2008 He relies heavily on a sinker that had dropped in velocity while he pitched in the minor leagues, topping out at 89 mph, not the mid-90s sinker he used to offer.
Hitters: David Murphy (3-for-5, RBI) has had some success against Wang, who has held the current Rangers he has faced to a .140 batting average. Adam Lind (4-for-12, 1 HR, 6 RBIs), who has had a good series for the Jays, has given Holland trouble.