Rangers notes: Derek Holland looking to keep inconsistencies in the past

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Over the past few seasons, Derek Holland could be called Mr. Inconsistent. He’s had dominant starts followed by dreadful ones.

Holland is focused and driven to drop that label this season and has gotten off to a promising start to do just that. The Rangers have won three of the four games Holland has started, with the lone loss coming on a night when Holland allowed two runs over eight innings.

“I’m pleased with Holland,” manager Ron Washington said.

Washington went on to say Holland’s last start wasn’t as bad as the box score might suggest. Holland had his roughest outing to date, allowing six runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and four walks over 5 2/3 innings Monday against the Angels.

Holland threw three scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the fourth and was charged with all three runs the Angels scored in the sixth.

“I just beat myself by letting them get on with walks and let them get the big hit,” Holland said. “But I’m not going to dwell on it too much. I know I’ve done a lot better already this year compared to last year and am more consistent. So I’m just going forward with that.”

Holland goes into Saturday’s start against the Twins without the best track record at Target Field. He is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts at the ballpark, but he downplayed the significance of it.

“It doesn’t matter; it’s a new year,” Holland said. “Whatever has happened in the past is in the past. It’s all about doing it now and not worrying about what happened before.”

Moreland and lefties

The sample size is getting closer for Ron Washington to make a determination on where Mitch Moreland stands when it comes to facing left-handed pitchers.

Washington said after 100 at-bats — regardless if they’re against right-handers or left-handers — batters should have had enough time to work through any slumps or kinks in their swing.

Moreland went into Friday’s game with 72 at-bats on the season and had struggled for the most part against lefties. But he doubled in his first at-bat and his third at-bat Friday against Twins lefty Scott Diamond, making him 5 for 29 (.172) against left-handers this season.

“I believe in him, so he’s going to get the chance,” Washington said. “He’s going to prove ‘yea or nay.’”

Moreland performed well against left-handers in spring training but hasn’t looked as comfortable against them during the season, Washington said.

Moreland said he hasn’t changed his approach and feels as though he’s put together good at-bats against lefties, even though the results haven’t been there.

“I feel great,” Moreland said. “I’m just going up there, trying to grind out at-bats and get something to hit. I treat it like I’m facing anybody else, going up there to compete and try to beat them.”

Briefly

• Utility man Jeff Baker is expected to start Saturday, four days after he exited a game with a bruised right knee. Ron Washington didn’t know where Baker would start against Twins lefty Pedro Hernandez, though. Baker said he was available off the bench Friday, as well.

• Washington on the young pitchers performing well: “We had to set up an atmosphere where I don’t care if you’re young — you’ve got to get it done. You can either come here and help or you ain’t coming. It’s simple.”

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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