Holland named starter for Game 2 of ALDS

Holland named starter for Game 2 of ALDS

ANAHEIM -- Rangers manager Ron Washington announced before Wednesday's regular-season finale that left-hander Derek Holland will start Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

"C.J. [Wilson] and Derek will be the first two. We haven't decided on the others," Washington said. "Right now, he lines up. He has been one of our hottest pitchers down the stretch."

Holland, who finished the regular season 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA, has won his last three starts and hasn't lost since Aug. 21.

Pitching in the playoffs last season, Holland's biggest moment with the Rangers could still be 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Yankees in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.

Washington hopes that type of experience pays off this time around.

"I can't feel what Derek feels right now, but we are confident in him," Washington said. "We believe in him. I hope that is all he needs to know, so he can go out there in front of 50,000 fans, won't hear them and focus on what he needs to do to get it done."