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Hold Your Breath, Derek Holland's Again Flirts With Danger

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    Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 20, 2012 in Anaheim, California.

    Since his dog won’t be involved Derek Holland should be OK, but hold your breath anyway. Because the pitcher who missed most of last season after falling down stairs after tripping on his pet is tempting fate again on Sunday.

    Holland will drive the pace car to start Sunday’s NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway.

    Obviously I’m half-kidding. Driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro around the track at around 50 mph is no big deal. But whether it’s doing impersonations in the dugout on TV during a World Series game or letting his dog beat him down the stairs, Holland just seems to find trouble.

    And if the Rangers have any chance at regrouping in 2015 they must have the lefty happy and healthy.

    So maybe, just to be safe, Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage can have Holland drive under the yellow caution flag?

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.