Rangers go with Martinez instead of Holland

Rangers go with Martinez instead of Holland

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Tim Bogar decided to stay with rookie right-hander Nick Martinez in Sunday's season finale against the Athletics rather than going with lefty Derek Holland.

Bogar wanted to go with his best team since the game had playoff implications, with the A's needing a win or a Mariners loss to earn an American League Wild Card berth. But Holland was scratched from Saturday night's start with a migraine headache and still wasn't ready to pitch.

"When Derek came in this morning, he looked like he didn't have a lot of energy," Bogar said. "The conversation I had with him led me to believe he wasn't confident in his ability to go out there and compete."

Holland is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in five starts since he came off the disabled list at the beginning of September. He missed the first five months of the season while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Martinez entered the day 5-11 with a 4.61 ERA. But he had won his last two starts and had a 2.12 ERA in his last five starts. He was also 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his first three outings against the Athletics.

"If I went with my heart, I would go with Derek," Bogar said. "But my brain says Martinez. I know Derek wanted to pitch against the A's, especially with the meaning of this game. But it's good to get Nick one more start and allow us to evaluate him some more."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.