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TEX@NYY: Holland strikes out seven in shutout victory

Rangers left-hander Derek Holland was nearly unhittable in the Bronx four weeks ago, tossing a two-hit shutout against the Yankees on June 27.

It was Holland's best career start against New York. The Yankees entered that game with a 7-3 record against Holland, having scored 41 runs in 39 2/3 innings against him.

But that day, Holland found a way to shut down the Bronx Bombers. On Thursday afternoon, New York will try to prevent a repeat performance.

"When you attack the strike zone, you can do that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Holland's shutout. "That's the bottom line, and I thought that's what he did."

Holland was originally scheduled to start on Wednesday night, but he was pushed to Thursday after the Rangers finalized Monday's trade for Matt Garza, who pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball in Wednesday night's 3-1 win.

Holland's 7.21 ERA against the Yankees is his second-highest mark against any American League team, and the lefty is 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA against New York at Rangers Ballpark. So far this season, Holland has a 3.36 home ERA and a 2.68 ERA in day games.

"I'm going to do the same thing I've always done, and that's go after them," Holland said. "You can't change, no matter how good you did or bad you did before. I just want to go back out there and keep the momentum going."

The Yankees will counter Holland with Hiroki Kuroda, who has solid numbers against Texas. The veteran right-hander has a career 2.60 ERA against the Rangers, and he gave up just three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings against them in a June 25 win.

Kuroda last pitched on Saturday in Boston, throwing seven innings of two-run ball in a win over the Red Sox.

"[Kuroda] had everything," Girardi said after that game. "His stuff was really crisp. He kept his pitch count down in the early innings. His stuff was really sharp."

Yankees: Adams back in pinstripes
• After a disappointing first stint with the Yankees this season, infielder David Adams is getting a second chance.

The Yankees recalled Adams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday when they placed third baseman Luis Cruz on the disabled list with a left knee sprain. Adams hit just .190 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 35 games in the Majors this season, but he was batting .309 with the RailRiders.

Adams didn't play on Wednesday, but Girardi said he would likely find a place for him in Thursday's lineup.

"I'm not saying it will be third base, but I'll probably get him in there somewhere, then just kind of work it as time goes on," Girardi said.

Rangers: No K's for Beltre
• Adrian Beltre didn't strike out in any of his four at-bats on Wednesday night, making it a career-long 74 consecutive plate appearances since he last struck out.

Beltre's 14-game stretch without a strikeout represents the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest this year. It's also the longest streak by a member of the Rangers since Frank Catalanotto went 21 games without striking out in 2001.

Worth noting
• Yankees starter and franchise strikeouts leader Andy Pettitte moved into a tie for 39th place on baseball's all-time strikeouts list on Wednesday, passing Sandy Koufax with No. 2,397.

• Wednesday was Garza's second career win over the Yankees, who were 12-1 against him entering the game. Comments