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October 01, 2012

Derek Holland addresses Twitter controversy

Rangers left-hander Derek Holland said that he was unaware that a homophobic slur had been sent out on his Twitter account in response to a tweet that had been sent to him during Sunday's game against the Angels.

The tweet went out around 8:40 p.m. while Holland, the Rangers' starting pitcher, was still in the game. He said that only one other person besides him, his fiance, has access to his account, and she denied writing the tweet.

The Rangers approached Holland on Sunday night and also called Major League Baseball, which is now investigating how it could have happened.

"I honestly don't know," Holland said. "I know it wasn't me. I was blindsided by it. I'm pretty upset with the whole situation."

General manager Jon Daniels doesn't expect Holland to face discipline from MLB, which suspended Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar for wearing eye-black tape with a homophobic slur written in Spanish. The difference is Escobar clearly did it. Holland denies any wrongdoing and sees no reason why he should be disciplined.

"I hope not," he said. "I didn't do anything."

-- Jeff Wilson

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