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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 6: Bryan Holaday #8 of the Texas Rangers and Doug Brocail #46 pitching coach talk with Colby Lewis #48 after walking two batters of the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Global Life Park in Arlington on April 6, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    When the Rangers acquired Detroit backup catcher Bryan Holaday just before the season began to serve in the same role for them, it was done with one thing in mind.

    On Wednesday, Holaday made his season debut behind the plate for the Rangers and showed exactly why the Rangers brought him in to supplant Chris Gimenez as the team's backup catcher behind Robinson Chirinos.

    Holaday, known as a plus defender behind the plate with a good throwing arm, threw out to baserunners on Wednesday, which was an area where Gimenez struggled horribly in his time with the Rangers.

    Holaday, a Dallas native who attended W.T. White High School and later TCU, was 0-for-4 at the plate, but that was of no importance as Holaday established early on that he wouldn't be run on and ended up throwing out both runners who attempted to steal second base on him, including former Ranger Leonys Martin, an accomplished base-stealer.