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Holland a Grown Up Now

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Holland a Grown Up Now

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Derek Holland comes off the field in Game 4 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers.

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He's perhaps known best for his humorous nickname, his goofy T-shirts and his prepubescent 'stache to go with his propensity for making a dynamite start every now and then with a real stinker mixed in.

On Sunday night in Game 4 of the World Series, Holland threw one of his gems on the biggest stage possible and put to rest the demons of World Series performances past.

Holland had one of the most painful-to-watch postseason performances in the history of baseball last season in the World Series when he came in out of the bullpen against the San Francisco Giants and suddenly couldn't throw a strike, falling apart at the seams.

On Sunday, he was flawless.

Holland went 8 1/3 innings of throwing shutout baseball before being removed by Ron Washington after allowing a baserunner with the 4-0 lead in the ninth.

Holland was just two outs away from recording his fifth shutout of the 2011 season after finishing second in baseball in the regular season with four, two behind Cliff Lee.

The game was Holland's second win of the postseason and dropped his postseason ERA to 3.27.

It'll likely be his last start of the season no matter what happens moving forward, but Rangers fans let him know they appreciated what he did in 2011 and the excitement they have for his future when he exited the game to a roaring standing ovation.

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