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Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando Scheduled To Pitch Monday Against Royals

No, it isn't Yu Darvish, but two important pitchers for Texas are set to pitch on Monday, as Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando are scheduled to pitch on Monday in Texas' second Cactus League game of 2012.

Colby Lewis started Texas' Cactus League opener on Sunday, which wound up as a 6-1 Royals win. While spring training results are entirely meaningless, Lewis did surrender a two run home run to Billy Butler, which is something Rangers fans saw more than enough of last year, as Lewis served up 35 homers in 2011.

Holland will get the start on Monday with Ogando coming into relieve him. Rangers brass and fans alike hope that Holland finds consistency this season, as he was perhaps the most similar player the Rangers had last year to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 2011, Holland finished two months, July and September, with an ERA south of three, but also finished April and August with an ERA north of five.

Though Texas' rotation isn't set yet, it's likely that Ogando will be a key member of a revamped Texas bullpen this season. Ogando figures to be one of, if not the, primary setup man to new closer Joe Nathan.

First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT. A webcast can be find on

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