As the outs piled up, the little voice in Derek Holland's head kept getting louder.
''You can execute this pitch! You can throw it!'' the Texas left-hander told himself, over and over. ''You're going to make this pitch!''
He certainly did.
Holland tamed a team that often tagged him, tossing a two-hitter as the Rangers finished up an impressive road trip by beating the New York Yankees 2-0 Thursday.
How special was this performance? Not since Seattle's Matt Young in 1983 had a visiting lefty blanked the Yankees on two or fewer hits.
''You think positive thoughts,'' Holland said. ''You can't let any negativity get in there.''
''I haven't had great success against these guys,'' he said. ''They've destroyed me.''
Holland began the game at 0-5 with an 8.85 ERA against the Yankees in regular-season play. He had shown a glimmer of success, however, going 1-0 and throwing 5 2-3 shutout innings against them in the 2010 AL championship series.
Holland (6-4) threw his sixth career shut...