ANAHEIM -- Rangers manager Ron Washington announced before Wednesday's regular-season finale that left-hander Derek Holland will start Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
"C.J. [Wilson] and Derek will be the first two. We haven't decided on the others," Washington said. "Right now, he lines up. He has been one of our hottest pitchers down the stretch."
Holland, who finished the regular season 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA, has won his last three starts and hasn't lost since Aug. 21.
Pitching in the playoffs last season, Holland's biggest moment with the Rangers could still be 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Yankees in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.
Washington hopes that type of experience pays off this time around.
"I can't feel what Derek feels right now, but we are confident in him," Washington said. "We believe in him. I hope that is all he needs to know, so he can go out there in front of 50,000 fans, won't hear them and focus on what he needs to do to get it done."
Homer binge has Beltre primed for postseason
ANAHEIM -- Adrian Beltre sure has picked a good time to get locked in.
The Rangers third baseman has homered in four consecutive games for the first time in his career and entered Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Angels having homered in 12 of his last 15 games.
"I am seeing the ball well," Beltre said. "But the main thing is that when I am getting a good pitch to hit, I'm not missing it. That is the key.
"What is good about this is that it is exactly where I want to be with the playoffs around the corner. Hopefully it can carry on and I can contribute."
It marks only the second time in Rangers history that a player has hit 12 long balls in 15 games. The last time it happened was in May 1968 by Frank Howard.
Crushing the ball in September, just like many of his teammates, Beltre leads the Majors in home runs (12) and RBIs (29) in the month.
"He's producing and swinging the bat," manager Ron Washington said. "He is really locked in. He is an 18-year veteran, and once they find it, they usually don't lose it."
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.