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March 26, 2011

Rockies 10, Rangers 3

In this instance, eight runs on 13 hits looks worse than it actually was. That was Derek Holland's pitching line in 4 1/3 innings Friday night in a 10-3 loss to Colorado, but Holland left Salt River Field at Talking Stick with good vibes.

"Despite the numbers and the result, I feel pretty good," he said. "I used all my pitches. I thought I attacked pretty well. I got a little erratic late in the game with the velocity of my fastball. Despite the outcome, I was very pleased."

A series of misplays defensively also contributed to Holland's worst numbers of the spring, but the left-hander said he was as much to blame as the fielders.

The trouble started in the first when a Troy Tulowitzki liner dropped in front of Juilo Borbon. Two batters later, Josh Hamilton lost track of a flyball with two outs that was scored a two-run triple for Jose Lopez.

Holland held the Rockies scoreless until the fourth. Chris Iannetta started the inning with a solo homer, and pitcher Esmil Rogers was given an infield hit on a ball that Elvis Andrus flagged down behind second base but threw wildly to first. Later in the inning, Todd Helton was given a hit on a flyball that hit off David Murphy's glove after a long run to the ball.

Holland returned for the fifth. After allowing a double and a single, Rogers was safe with another infield hit after Adrian Beltre fielded his bunt but threw late to first while making sure the runner at third didn't try to advance. That runner, Seth Smith, scored on a sacrifice fly off Cody Eppley that should have been the third out.

"I'm not worried about it," Holland said. "They're going to make the plays. I've got to make better pitches. That's the way I see it. When something like that happens, it's my job to get outs afterward."

Said manager Ron Washington: "He really wasn't pitching bad, if we had made some plays behind him."

Another lefty, Arthur Rhodes, has joined the medical report. He had to leave the game in the seventh inning with left wrist tendinitis, an injury the Rangers said he has been dealing with for a few days. Rhodes got two outs but allowed one run on four hits. He allowed a grand slam in his previous outing and now has an ERA of 12.71.

Washington said that Rhodes felt tingling in his hand after every pitch. Washington said that he isn't concerned about Rhodes' availability for Opening Day.

"Arthur wanted to finish, but we need Arthur," Washington said. "We don't need Arthur to throw in a spring training game. We need Arthur for the season."

-- Jeff Wilson



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