OAKLAND -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club and Major League Baseball are looking into who might have posted a homophobic slur on pitcher Derek Holland's Twitter account. The slur was posted during Game 2 of the Rangers' doubleheader against the Angels on Sunday. Holland started the game and was on the bench when the slur was posted.
"I honestly don't know," Holland said. "I know it wasn't myself. I talked to my family and my fiancee. They all said the exact same thing -- it wasn't them. I have no idea. The only thing I know is MLB is taking care of it and they're going to help me out and figure out who it was."
The slur might have been posted by somebody with access to the account or somebody who hacked into it. Major League Baseball prohibits players from using electronic devices from 30 minutes before the game until 30 minutes afterward.
"It's a serious issue, it's an unacceptable term to use," Daniels said. "That's why our first reaction was to go to Derek and MLB. It's not something we're going to sweep under the rug."
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games in September after he outlined a similar slur in Spanish with his eye black on his face during a game.
"In case you haven't seen, all I ever do is write like Chuck Norris facts or random facts like, I don't know, a duck, you can't hear it's echo," Holland said. "I do random facts. I don't write anything like that. I haven't messed with the whole Twitter since. Whatever was said was said on there. It has nothing to do with me. I didn't say anything."