Texas Rangers

ALDS Game 4: Derek Holland gets the ball vs. knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

RHP R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA): Dickey came up through the Rangers organization and spent the first four full seasons in the majors in Arlington (2003-06). The knuckleball pitcher threw 214  1/3 innings in 33 starts this season, his third with Toronto. “It’s special for sure, and that seems like such a cliche word but it’s funny how it’s come full circle for me personally, having learned the knuckleball here in 2005, and now potentially with a chance to take the series back to Toronto with a Game 4 start,” Dickey said. “It’s poetic, is what it is for me. It’s a neat narrative.”

The hot humid air in Texas is good for his knuckleball, Dickey said. “That’s what I rely on. I rely on late movement and this place has traditionally been a pretty good place for that.”

LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91): Holland has come up big in the postseason. He’s 3-0 with a 3.79 ERA in 35  2/3 innings pitched in the playoffs. In his last regular-season start, Holland pitched better after struggling in his five previous starts. With the division title on the line, Holland held the Angels to three runs on three hits in 6  1/3 innings and earned his first win since Sept. 5.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

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