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Welcome back, Derek Holland

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Royals 2, Rangers 1

  • Welcome back to the big leagues, Derek Holland.  In very 2014 fashion, Holland pitched very well tonight, and the Rangers still lost.
  • That being said, as a Ranger fan, you have to feel good about what you saw from Holland tonight.  Pitching in the majors for the first time this season, Holland pitched 7 strong innings, and the one run he allowed was the result of a fly ball to left field that Ryan Rua -- who has very little experience in the outfield -- probably should have caught.  At this point, we just want to know Holland can be counted on for 2015, and this performance certainly suggests that is the case.
  • I feel bad for Michael Kirkman.  Pitching in the majors for the first time since June, 2013, Kirkman is being looked at as a lefty specialist.  He was brought into the game to face lefty Mike Moustakas, and gave up a bloop double that barely fell in fair down the right field line to him.  Thanks in part to a great defensive play by Adam Rosales to get the lead runner at third on a sharp grounder to first base, it looked like Kirkman might get out of the inning when he got two strikes on Alex Gordon with two outs, but then hit Gordon when he tried to come up and in with a fastball.  Then Jon Edwards came into the game and got a grounder down the third base line that Adrian Beltre got a glove on, but couldn't field, allowing the go-ahead run to come in.  So Kirkman gets a loss in his first game back.
  • As for the bats...yeah, let's not talk about the bats.  Let's just enjoy the fact that Derek Holland is back and pitching well.