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Derek Holland Roughed Up, But Felt He Pitched Well

Derek Holland was roughed up on Wednesday when he took the mound against the Royals. Holland certainly didn't have his best stuff, as he gave up six runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out three in five innings. Holland also surrendered home runs to Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler.

While the start was certainly ugly, it's nothing to be concerned about at all. Holland had given up just two runs on seven hits in nine innings earlier this spring. Plus, Holland felt good about how he was throwing, and again, in the spring, that's much more important than the results.

"I was throwing a lot of sinkers on both sides of the plate, and that was the plan to work on the ride back," Holland said.

"My velocity was there and I felt good," Holland said. "If this was the regular season, I would have been upset. But I'm working on the sinker and doing some things."

So, there you have it. Nothing to freak out about at all.

The Rangers will take on the Giants tonight, in a rematch of the 2010 World Series. Matt Cain will start for the Giants while Matt Harrison goes for the Rangers.

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