Can you really call yourself "Wild Thing" if you've walked one batter all month? Derek Holland apparently thinks so. If Holland keeps pitching like he did today, he can call himself whatever he wants.
The Rangers are now at their high water mark of seven games above .500. The Rangers are now just three games back of the Houston Astros (two back in the loss column). The Rangers are also the closest they've been to the Astros since they were three back on August 17. When the month began, the Rangers were eight games behind Houston.
Player of the Game: Derek Holland was dominant going the distance for a shutout while striking out 11 and allowing just three hits. Over the weekend series, the trio of Cole Hamels, Martin Perez, and Holland went 23 1/3 innings and allowed a total of four runs. The American League is on notice.