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LAA@TEX: Holland goes seven strong innings

Rangers left-hander Derek Holland can't help but laugh when Evan Longoria's success against him is brought up in conversation.

The Rays third baseman has owned Holland in his career, going 9-for-22 with three home runs and a 1.000 slugging percentage, which is the highest by an opponent with 20 or more plate appearances against the left-hander.

"We joke around with each other when I see him," Holland said. "It's like I throw him beach balls."

Holland will try and change all of that come Wednesday, when the Rays and Rangers square off in the series finale in Arlington.

Holland held the Angels to two runs over seven innings on Friday, allowing just six hits and a walk while striking out five for the no-decision.

"I just have to go out and execute my pitches," Holland said. "Do the same thing I did in my last start and everything will fall into place. Keep the defense on their toes so they can make plays. Our offense is capable of scoring runs, I have to do my part. If I throw strikes, good things will happen."

Left-hander Matt Moore will be on the hill for Tampa Bay, ready to build off his first start of the season on Friday against the Indians.

Moore held the Tribe scoreless through six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight. He dominated by setting the Indians up with fastballs before pulling the string with breaking balls outside the zone.

"My mindset this entire week while preparing has been to stay with that same tempo from the last start," Moore said, "I just want to stay with the things that were working for me last week."

Rays: Niemann to have shoulder surgery
Right-hander Jeff Niemann will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery in Texas on Wednesday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister at the Trinity Park Surgery Center in Arlington.

According to a doctor's examination, Niemann has some labrum and rotator cuff abnormalities. Given options for his treatment, he opted for surgery.

"[Surgery] was really kind of the last resort," Niemann said. "But we've done everything that you can, and it's gotten us this far. We just kind of need a little boost to get us all the way back. Unfortunately, we had to make the tough choice, and it was really the only option out there."

Niemann said recovery time for the operation will depend on the extent of the injury found during surgery, but he added that it would likely be nine to 12 months.

Rangers: Borbon designated for assignment
Texas designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment on Tuesday to make room for pitcher Nick Tepesch on the roster. The Rangers now have 10 days to trade, release or put Borbon through outright waivers.

General manager Jon Daniels said the club will try to trade Borbon to another Major League team that needs outfield help.

"I think he's better than a lot of guys out there," Daniels said. "We had teams in Spring Training that checked on him, but we weren't in any rush. He's a big leaguer, we just don't have a spot for him at this time. But he belongs in the big leagues, it just depends on the interest and how other teams value him. We'd like to get a good return on him and find the right place for him."

Borbon, who has played in just one game this season, did not play in the big leagues last year. However, he played in 215 games for the Rangers in 2009-11 and has a career batting average of .283, with a .324 on-base percentage and a .358 slugging percentage.

Worth noting
• Manager Ron Washington said Yu Darvish is "progressing very nicely" and is expected to start on Friday against the Mariners. Darvish has been dealing with a blister on his right ring finger.

• Lance Berkman will get the day off on Wednesday. Jeff Baker is expected to receive his first start for the Rangers. There is also a good chance rookie infielder Leury Garcia will be in the lineup for the first time.

• A.J. Pierzynski's home run in the fourth inning on Monday was the first hit left-handed by a Rangers catcher since Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Aug. 2, 2009. Comments