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    Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 25, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Derek Holland didn't toss a gem on Tuesday night in the series opening loss to Toronto, the hottest team in baseball and the leaders in the AL East.

    But when all was said and done, he pitched well enough to give him team a win after he went six innings and left the game with a lead before a rare blown save from Shawn Tolleson in the ninth cost Holland a win.

    Holland, who was making just his second start since returning from a four-month stint on the disabled list, wasn't as sharp as he was in his return from DL last week against the Mariners, but given the lineup he was facing and the circumstances, it was a pretty decent outing.

    The Blue Jays absolutely kill left-handed pitching and don't have a hole in their lineup, as everyone can swing a good bat 1-9 in their order. Holland allowed four runs on three homers in six innings of work — not a great outing, but definitely respectable against Toronto and their lefty mashers.

    The return of Holland has certainly further solidified an already strong starting rotation, and the Rangers don't have anything to worry about in regards to his regression on Tuesday from his return outing last week.