Originally written March 01, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
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SURPRISE, Ariz. On the day Ron Washington had to scratch starting shortstop Elvis Andrus because of muscle soreness brought on by a new tattoo, the Texas Rangers got their first win of the Cactus League season. But with apologies to Lance Berkman and Jurickson Profar, the most important performance Thursday came from starting pitcher Derek Holland. For the Rangers to have any hope of contending for a playoff spot this season, Holland needs to look like the guy who dominated hitters in the second half of the 2011 season. He lost his edge in 2012 and gave up way too many long balls. This past offseason, he vowed to take a more serious approach. He decided to cancel his weekly radio show and not spend so much time trying to entertain folks away from the field. Now, he's preparing to leave the Rangers this weekend to join Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. That's the reason he became the first Rangers pitcher to throw four innings in a game Thursday. He used an effectiv...
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