Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will start a series opener against the Los Angeles Angels for the second time this month on Monday night in Anaheim. As he did before the home opener, Holland downplayed the significance of facing former teammate Josh Hamilton. “All of that is behind us,” Holland said. “It’s not about Josh. He was a great teammate, but he’s on the other side now. They’re a team in our division that we have to beat. That’s all.” In the previous series, Hamilton went 3-for-14 with four strikeouts against the Rangers. That included an 0-for-3 against Holland. The Rangers go into the series with a chance to pull away early from the Halos for the second consecutive year. In 2012, the Rangers led the Angels by nine games in the American League West through 23 games. The Rangers open this season with a 4 1/2 game lead on the Angels. “It’s just another series, just like when they came here,” manager Ron Washington said. “If this was the end of the season, it would be different, but it isn’t.” Briefly: Lance Berkman’s desire to stay in the lineup scratched the plan to give utility infielder Leury Garcia a rare start at second base. Washington wanted to move Ian Kinsler from second to designated hitter, but Berkman said he preferred to stay in the lineup. … Washington expects to give long reliever Derek Lowe several days off after his four-inning appearance in a win Saturday. It was Lowe’s longest outing since he went four innings in his debut with the New York Yankees on Aug. 13, 2012, for a save against the Rangers. … Middle infielder Jurickson Profar had a grand slam for Triple-A Round Rock in a 7-1 win over New Orleans of the Miami organization. Profar is hitting only .213 in his first exposure to Triple-A pitching.
Holland takes the hill as the Rangers have a chance to separate from Los Angeles Angels for second straight year
Dallas Morning News | Apr 22