Holland Looking to Go Five Innings Against Cubs

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Maybe he can find some inspiration from the ghost of Harry Caray, but whatever the case, Derek Holland will be looking to make a Rangers' spring first when he takes the hill on Wednesday afternoon in a Cactus League game against the Chicago Cubs.

Holland will be looking to be the first Rangers starter to go five innings in an "A game" against big-league players, as Cole Hamels has eclipsed the mark in a "B game" this spring, mostly against minor-league hitters.

Holland is a huge wild card for the Rangers this season — call him an X-factor — and the Rangers are counting on him to show his great talent with more consistency, especially while they're waiting on Yu Darvish to return and get back up to speed.

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A good outing today against a strong Cubs lineup and the league's favorite to win the World Series, albeit in the spring, would be a good starting point to his ramping up for the regular season in a couple of weeks.

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