Rangers, Holland look to shut out Indians

The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers play the middle game of their three-game series in Arlington on Wednesday Night Baseball (7 ET on ESPN). The Rangers' 10-4 win Tuesday pushed their record to 19-4 against the Indians since the start of the 2009 season.

On the mound

David Huff takes the mound for Cleveland, his sixth start on the road this season (compared to just two starts at home). The Indians have scored a TOTAL of eight runs in his past six starts combined.

Huff has faced the Rangers only once in his career, and it happened to be his only career complete game. On April 15, 2010, he allowed two earned runs in nine innings to pick up the win.

Highest Run Support Average
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Derek Holland will make the start for Texas, and unlike Huff, he is receiving run support. In fact, Holland is receiving the third-highest run support in the American League (6.1 runs).

Holland is one of just five AL pitchers since 2000 with four shutouts in a season. With another, he’d be the first AL pitcher with five shutouts since David Wells in 1998. Despite those shutouts, Holland still has an ERA over 4.00. The last pitcher with a 4.00-plus ERA and four or more shutouts was Geoff Zahn (five SO and 4.41 ERA) in 1980 for the Minnesota Twins.

Storyline to watch

Michael Young (.335 BA) is battling Adrian Gonzalez (.340) for the batting title. If he wins, Young will accomplish the following:

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Michael Young is five hits shy of his sixth 200-hit season, third most among active players.

• Oldest player (34) to win the AL batting title since George Brett, who was 37 in 1990

• First whose primary position was DH since Edgar Martinez in 1995

• First Rangers player with multiple batting titles (won first in 2005)

• Most years between AL batting titles since Brett (1980 to 1990)

In addition, Young is five hits away from his sixth 200-hit season. Among active players, Alex Rodriguez has the only other 200-hit season in Rangers history (2001).

Stat of the game

After starting 30-15, the Indians are 42-58 since May 24, the fourth-lowest win percentage in the AL over that span. During their 30-15 start, Cleveland hit .321 with RISP. Since then? Just a .235 BA with RISP.