08/06/11 9:48 PM ET
Young focused as he nears 2,000th hit
By Louie Horvath / MLB.com
Holland struggling with his consistency
ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland had his second outing of the season in which he allowed more runs than he recorded outs on Friday.At this point, according to manager Ron Washington, the only thing to do is encourage Holland and wait for his next outing as the 24-year-old struggles with finding his consistency. "That's the only way you can look at it with Derek," Washington said. "I thought he was competing, but he just couldn't locate his fastball. I think if you take [Indians catcher Carlos] Santana out of the mix, he's in good shape. But he just couldn't locate his fastball." Holland's first 13 pitches were fastballs, and the 13th was driven into the right-field seats by Santana. "I felt like I had a good fastball," Holland said. "I kind of got caught up in it. It wasn't me being me, but at the same time, I pitched a great game against Cleveland before and they were probably waiting to get back at me, and they did. You have to tip your hat to them." Prior to Saturday's game, Holland spent a lengthy amount of time talking with Rangers captain Michael Young. More than anything, Young said, Holland needs to just stay confident in his own abilities. "The biggest thing is the best players in this game just believe, and that never wavers," Young said. "They're confident and they trust themselves. He's going to be fine. He's still in that process of figuring things out, and that's what you have to do if you want to get to that elite level." Holland has shown flashes of brilliance, hurling four shutouts this season, but the problem is when he does not have his best stuff, he seems to struggle to get the job done with less-than-stellar pitches. "It's just about him being consistent," Washington said. "It's about him being young. I always say you can't trade for that, and you certainly can't go Draft that. You just put up with the times things don't go right. It don't make any sense to get upset with him."
Haggard, Simpson honor Washington with song
ARLINGTON -- Before Friday's game against the Indians, singer Merle Haggard and Bob Simpson, co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rangers, with his wife Janice, showed a music video of a song Haggard recorded that was dedicated to Rangers manager Ron Washington. The song is titled, "That's the Way Baseball Go."The song, an adaptation of Haggard's 1983 Grammy Award-winning hit "That's the Way Love Goes," is titled from Washington's phrase, made famous in last year's run to the World Series. "I thought it was awesome," Washington said. "They gave me a box of them. I thought it was wonderful what the Simpson family did. When I first said it, people made fun of me, but there was a message in it. It wasn't politically correct, but there was a message in it. Things happen in the game of baseball, and there's nothing you can do about it. That's the way it go." The video showed some of Washington's most animated reactions from the dugout, along with footage of the 2010 playoffs. "[Simpson] and his wife put some lyrics together, then put some video to it," Washington said. "It was awesome."
Kenny Rogers was formally inducted in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in a ceremony before Saturday's game against the Indians.
The Rangers had not come back to win while trailing by two runs with two outs in the ninth inning before Friday since July 9, 2008 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The Rangers have officially signed Connor Sadzeck, the team's 11th-round selection out of Howard (Texas) Junior College. He will work out in Arizona for the rest of the season. The Rangers have signed 26 of 51 picks, along with each of the top 5 and 16 of the top 19
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.