'I know I'm in a good place': There's more to Tigers' Derek Holland than a lofty ERA

LAKELAND, Fla. — You can take whatever you want out of an athletic performance — good or bad, sometimes both. Bad character can be exposed in a good performance, just as strong character can be revealed in a poor performance. Let’s go back to Aug. 8, a warm, partly cloudy day at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It was early in the season, but already the Pirates bullpen was in tatters. Manager Derek Shelton desperately needed veteran lefty Derek Holland, who was barely hanging on to a spot in the rotation, to eat up a bunch of innings against the Tigers. Didn’t start well. Niko Goodrum led off with a h…

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