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March 19, 2013

Derek Holland feels strong after minor-league start

Derek Holland hadn't pitched since March 10 in the World Baseball Classic and was coming off a bout of food poisoning when he took the mound Tuesday in a Triple A game against San Diego.

But the left-hander said that he felt strong throughout his 88-pitch effort in 4 2/3 innings on the backfields of the Peoria Sports Complex. He allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits (eight singles, one triple), many of which were the by-product of a rock-hard infield, and threw 51 strikes. He struck out three and walked two.

The bottom line is that he got in his work without feeling any ill-effects from his illness last week.

"I worked on everything and was throwing all of my pitches, and I felt good about them," Holland said. "Everything was good. I was just behind in the count. There were no symptoms of the stomach. I feel strong. I know it didn't look very good on paper, but overall I felt strong. That's the main thing."

Mike Olt, sent to the minors earlier in the day, hit a two-run homer off former Rangers prospect Robbie Erlin.

-- Jeff Wiilson



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