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56 Greg Holland RP
Height/Weight: 5-10/205 | Birthdate: 11/20/1985 | Birthplace: Morganton, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: None | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 95/88 | Average Draft Position: 57.00
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Royals closer Greg Holland shaky, but snags save Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland heightened the tension in a dramatic game Saturday in Toronto, but in the end was able to send the crowd home unhappy.

Holland arrived with a one-run lead and allowed a walk to pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki and single to Chris Colabello after retiring the first batter. But Ben Revere and Josh Donaldson grounded out to secure his 23rd save.

It was his seventh straight appearance in which he has allowed at least one baserunner.


Wade Davis, Greg Holland lead Royals past Cleveland


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) The Royals bullpen shut down Cleveland over the final two innings on Tuesday. Wade Davis earned the win, moving to 7-1 on the year, and closer Greg Holland recorded his 22nd save. 

Davis pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Holland allowed just a walk in the ninth to record his second straight save. 


Royals' Greg Holland gives up a run, earns 21st save on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland made things interesting on Tuesday, but he got the job done and nailed down his 21st save of the season.

Holland entered the game in the ninth inning, with the Royals leading the Pirates 3-0. He allowed a lead-off infield single to Startling Marte, who was thrown at home trying to score on a double by the next batter. Holland then got Pedro Alvarez to strike out, but an RBI single by Travis Ishikawa ended the bid for a shutout.

Holland then loaded the bases with two outs, but he was able to get Gregory Polanco swinging to end the game. 

The Royals All-Star closer has been scored upon in back-to-back outings, and in four of his last 10 appearances overall. His ERA has gone from 3.00 to 3.34 over that time.


Royals RP Greg Holland blows a save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland recorded his third blown save of the season on Saturday, but the Royals were able to rally back and capture the 7-6 win over the White Sox in extra innings.

Holland entered the game in the ninth inning with his team up 6-4. He was able to retire the first two batters to face him, but then gave up a single, a walk and a two-run double to tie the game up at 6-6.

"There were several pitches I didn't execute very well, which is inexcusable," Holland said, per MLB.com. "I got to be better than that. I haven't been around this game a long time, but I've been around long enough to be able to execute better than I did today, and I'm [mad] about it.

Holland had converted four straight save opportunities prior to Saturday's mess. 


Royals closer Greg Holland picks up 20th save Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland tossed a scoreless ninth inning in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox to earn his 20th save in a 4-2 win. 

Holland needed just 12 pitches (eight strikes) to retire the side. His only blemish in the inning was a one-out single to Emilio Bonifacio.

The left-hander has converted four straight save chances since his second blown save July 7. He has tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in that span, allowing three hits and one walk, while striking out five.


Greg Holland notches 19th save in wild win


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland was one of the few pitchers to get the job done on Sunday, closing out Kansas City's 11-10 win with a solid inning of relief to earn his 19th save. 

Holland faced just three batters in the ninth despite issuing a walk, as he was helped out by a strike out-throw out double play to end the game. 


Greg Holland saves 18th for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and earn his 18th save of the year. 

Holland struck out all three batters he faced, throwing 15 pitches, 11 strikes. 

Holland coverted his second straight save opportunity and struck out the side for the first time this season. 


Royals RP Greg Holland earns 17th save of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland recorded his 17th save of the season on Wednesday against the Rays.

Holland needed 16 pitches to get through the final two outs of the ninth inning. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter in the process of recording the save.

Holland has a 2.92 ERA in 24 2/3 innings this season.


Royals' Greg Holland blows save, gets win in Game 1 of DH Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland blew his second save of the season in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays. But he was able to secure his third win of the season in the 9-5 walk-off victory.

Holland (3-0) entered the game with the Royals up 5-4, but he allowed a lead-off triple to Kevin Kiermaier, who later scored on a wild pitch. Holland was able to finish the inning without any further damage being done.

Holland's ERA rose from 2.23 to 3.00 after this outing. It was his first blown save in nearly two months, as he had gone 16 outings between blown saves. 


Greg Holland gets win in relief for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the win over Minnesota on Sunday. 

Holland moved to 2-0 on the year with his first win since May 12. 


Royals RP Greg Holland notches 16th save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) On Saturday, Royals closer Greg Holland looked like the All-Star closer he was in 2014. Holland struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to record his 16th save of the season in the 3-2 win over the A's.

The right-hander has now converted 10 consecutive save chances, and is 16-for-17 overall this year.


Greg Holland saves 15th game for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland earned a save for his fourth straight appearance and converted his eighth straight opportunity in Friday's win over Oakland. 

Holland now has 15 saves in 16 chances for the season. For the first time this year, he was asked to enter in the middle of an inning to earn the save. 

Holland entered with the tying run on second base and one out in the ninth. He got a line out and a strike out to end the game. 


Royals RP Greg Holland picks up save in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Royals pitcher Greg Holland recorded the final three outs to earn his 14th save of the season during Monday's 4-1 win over the Mariners.

Holland walked one and struck out two during the appearance. He has now converted 14 of his 15 save opportunities this season.


Royals closer Greg Holland notches 13th save


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Greg Holland had another solid outing for the Royals on Saturday, closing out a victory over the Red Sox to earn his 13th save of the year. 

Holland faced four batters in the ninth, walking one and striking out another. He has earned the save in six of his last seven outings. 

In his last eight outings, Holland has not allowed a hit in seven of them and opponents are hitting just .153 against the closer. 


Royals RP Greg Holland picks up 12th save


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Closer Greg Holland was quick and effective Thursday in picking up his 12th save of the season, striking out two hitters to wrap up the Royals win over the Brewers. 

Holland faced four batters, but threw just 12 pitches to bounce back from a miserable outing in his last appearance, Monday against Milwaukee, when he allowed three runs and four hits without retiring a batter. That stopped a run of four straight appearances in which Holland had earned a save. 

Holland's ERA, which was infinity after his last outing, went back down to 3.31. 


Wade Davis bails out Greg Holland in win vs. Brewers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland made his first appearance in six days Monday against the Brewers. However, things didn't exactly go to plan as he entered in the ninth inning with Kansas City ahead 8-2.

Holland faced six batters and could not get an out. The Brewers cut the lead to 8-5 before Wade Davis had to come on and finish off the win for his eighth save of the season.

"I made it exciting," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "That's my fault. I hadn't thrown him in six games. I had an opportunity to throw him in St. Louis to keep him fresh and I didn't. So yeah, that was rust. His stuff was really, really good. But everything kind of came back to the middle.

"It's just location and rust."

Holland was charged with three runs on four hits and one walk before Davis retired all three batters he faced.

"No, I wouldn't say [the layoff] was it," Holland said. "I threw a bullpen earlier today. My stuff, I thought, was the best I've had all year. I just made some bad mistakes when I was ahead in the count."


Royals RP Greg Holland picks up save in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Royals pitcher Greg Holland recorded the final three outs of Tuesday's win over the Twins to earn his 11th save of the season.

Holland issued a walk during the outing and he also struck out a batter. He has converted 11 of his 12 save chances this season.


Royals RP Greg Holland earns 10th save of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Royals pitcher Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season during Monday's 3-1 win over the Royals.

Holland struck out one during the appearance and his ERA now stands at 1.86. He has converted 10 of his 11 save chances this season.


Royals' Greg Holland earns ninth save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland picked up his ninth save on Sunday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to slam the door on his team's 4-3 win over the Rangers.

Holland needed just nine pitches to finish off the Rangers, and he's now tossed perfect innings in each of his last three outings. He owns a 2.03 ERA and 11:8 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.


Royals' Greg Holland secures eighth save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland struck out one batter in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his eighth save in his team's 4-2 win over the Indians on Wednesday.

Holland, who threw 10 of his 12 pitches for strikes, delivered his second straight perfect frame after giving up two runs while recording just one out following a long layoff on May 25. He owns a 2.19 ERA and 10:8 K:BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings.


Royals' Greg Holland (neck) available to pitch Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost said that closer Greg Holland (neck) is available to pitch on Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Holland woke up Tuesday with a stiff neck and was ruled unavailable for yesterday's game after being worked on by trainers. He's racked up seven saves while allowing one earned run in 10 innings.


Royals closer Greg Holland (neck) unavailable for save on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland was unavailable to pitch in Tuesday's game against the Reds. Holland woke up Tuesday morning with a stiff neck and got worked on by the trainers. Wade Davis came in for the save as the Royals won 3-0.

Manager Ned Yost was unsure whether Holland would be able to pitch on Wednedsay.

"We'll just see how he is tomorrow," Yost said, per MLB.com, "and go from there."


Royals closer Greg Holland slams the door on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland notched his seventh save of the season in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Rangers. Holland made things a bit interesting with two outs, as he walked two straight batters to bring the potential tying run to the plate. 

But, Holland got Elvis Andrus to tap back to the box to seal the deal. Holland rebounded from a rough outing on Tuesday and is now 7-for-8 in save chances this year.


Royals P Edinson Volquez gives up four wins in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed four earned runs in a no-decision during Tuesday night's 7-6 win over the Rangers in 10 innings. 

Volquez gave up six hits, three walks and three strikeouts in give innings. He now has a 3.19 ERA for the season. 

Volquez has now surrendered nine earned runs and 12 walks in the past three weeks. 

Closer Greg Holland pitched the ninth and 10th innings and earned his first win of the season. 

Volquez's next start is projected for Sunday against the Yankees. 


Royals closer Greg Holland survives 10th inning, earns save


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland had a ton of difficulties in the 10th inning, but managed to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard in Kansas City's 2-1 win, earning sixth save of the year.

Holland allowed a single to start the inning and then walked the next two batters he faced to load the bases with no outs. Holland managed to get Hernan Perez to ground into a double play at home to keep Detroit off the scoreboard. After surrendering another walk to Victor Martinez, Holland finished things off with a strikeout of Yoenis Cespedes.

Holland maintained his perfect 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work.