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TEX@STL: Holland settles down, goes seven strong

In eight career outings (seven starts) against the Yankees, Rangers southpaw Derek Holland has compiled an 0-5 record and 8.85 ERA.

"Yeah, I know," Holland said. "It's there. I don't think about it."

The 26-year-old will face New York in Thursday's matinee, which will wrap a bow on the teams' three-game set at Yankee Stadium. The clubs split the first two contests of the series.

"I know New York has been pretty tough, but my job is not to worry about that," Holland said. "I need to turn the page and make something else happen."

Holland has yet to face the Yankees this season, but he has fared fairly well against the rest of the league. Through 15 starts, the Newark, Ohio, native has posted a 5-4 record and 3.43 ERA.

"I feel I have been consistent more than in the past," Holland said. "It's been a better year and the numbers show it. I feel like I've done a good job going deep into games. It's been a battle and I feel great about it. I have been making my pitches for the most part."

Joe Girardi's club will counter with right-hander Phil Hughes, who will face a Texas lineup that figures to include both Jurickson Profar and Engel Beltre. Profar has not started since last Thursday. Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated that Beltre would make his first start since being called up on Sunday.

Hughes has dropped his last two starts to fall to 3-6 with a 5.09 ERA. In four career appearances (three starts) against Texas, Hughes is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA.

Rangers: Profar getting outfield work
Profar has put in work in the outfield, but the Rangers aren't ready to play him there just yet.

"[Third-base coach] Gary [Pettis] said he's progressing but he's not ready to go out there and run down the baseball," Washington said. "We're going on Gary's timetable."

Yankees: Tex out for the year
Team doctors recommended first baseman Mark Teixeira undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist after an MRI confirmed the tear of the tendon sheath did not adequately heal. Teixeira said he expects four to five months of rest and rehab.

"It's very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me," Teixeira said. "We've had some really, really good teams the last few years, and this year, we have a great team, and I would love to be a part of this team. I really would've loved to be part of hopefully what's a playoff run, but when you realize that it's not going to happen, it's really difficult."

Worth noting
• Rangers reliever Neal Cotts lowered his ERA to 0.44 with a scoreless one-third of an inning on Wednesday. Over his last six appearances, the lefty has tossed 7 2/3 scoreless frames with 10 strikeouts.

• Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is batting .373 with three homers and seven RBIs over his last 13 games. Comments