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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
- Left-hander Joe Saunders was not the popular choice to get the Orioles' first postseason start in 15 years and to try and guide the club back to Baltimore for its first home playoff contest since Game 6 of the 1997 American League Championship Series. Saunders has been with the Orioles for barely a month. The 31-year-old veteran had never won a playoff game in four previous attempts. And he's been on the ugly side of awful for most of his career against the Texas Rangers, including a dismal 0-6 record and a 9.38 ERA in his starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
When the Orioles gathered for a team workout Thursday at Rangers Ballpark for the start of the unofficial second half of the season, manager Buck Showalter gathered his team under the hot Texas sun for a brief meeting behind second base. "The look on their faces told me, 'OK, I don't need to do this,'" Showalter said. Showalter often talks about how this group of Orioles players are easy to trust, so he saw quickly that there was no need to preach the importance of sustaining their level of play down the stretch in search of a second straight playoff berth.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | April 13, 2009
orioles@rangers scouting report Texas blew a four-run eighth-inning lead against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday to suffer a three-game sweep. Second baseman and leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler has gotten off to a hot start with two homers, eight RBIs and a .348 batting average. All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton hit his first homer Sunday. When Wednesday's starter, Kris Benson, pitched for the Rangers on Friday, it was his first major league appearance since he started 30 games for the Orioles in 2006.
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Peter Schmuck | October 12, 2012
NEW YORK - The Orioles have done the improbable so many times this year that it's starting to seem commonplace, so why wouldn't they suddenly be standing on the threshold of the American League Championship Series? They managed to sneak out of the Bronx on Thursday night with another in their amazing collection of extra-inning victories and have set up the delectable possibility of another wild and crazy champagne celebration Friday in the bowels of Yankee Stadium. It's hard to imagine anything matching the full-contact free-for-all that took place at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last Friday night, but it's also impossible to predict how an Orioles team will react if they vanquish their most storied rival in the stadium that is considered by many to be the center of the baseball universe.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
  Orioles manager Buck Showalter has put his team's playoff hopes in the hands of veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, who has been tabbed to start tonight's do-or-die American League wild-card playoff game at Rangers Ballpark. By now, Saunders' career struggles at Rangers Ballpark -- an 0-6 record with a 9.38 ERA in six starts -- are well documented. We also know that Saunders, who has made most of his starts against the Rangers as a member of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West, has pitched well with the Orioles, going 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts.
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By Mark Gonzales, Tribune newspapers | October 9, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Cowboys will remain sports kings of the Metroplex. But by changing their culture and mindset, the Rangers have seized the success that eluded them for years as they tried to outslug their opponents. "It's not like we've taken over (from the Cowboys)," said outfielder David Murphy, whose Rangers will try to complete a three-game sweep of the Rays in this best-of-five American League Division Series that resumes Saturday at Rangers Ballpark. "(But)
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By TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS | October 8, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For all the noise the Rays made over a controversial check swing that preceded Michael Young's three-run homer Thursday, their offense was completely silent against the Rangers. As a result, the Rangers moved within one game of their first playoff series victory in franchise history after a convincing 6-0 victory in Game 2 of this best-of-five American League Division Series. "You can't win games by just getting two hits," manager Joe Maddon said after the Rays succumbed to left-hander C.J. Wilson and two relievers.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Buck Showalter often mixes gut feelings with statistical data to make his managerial calls on a case-by-case basis. On Thursday, Showalter chose his instincts over statistical wisdom, selecting 31-year-old left-hander Joe Saunders to pitch Friday's one-game wild-card playoff against the Texas Rangers instead of rookie Steve Johnson, who hasn't pitched since overextending his left knee Sept. 29. “Joe is rested,” Showalter said. “He's ready to go. Obviously, [he has]
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
When the Orioles gathered for a team workout Thursday at Rangers Ballpark for the start of the unofficial second half of the season, manager Buck Showalter gathered his team under the hot Texas sun for a brief meeting behind second base. "The look on their faces told me, 'OK, I don't need to do this,'" Showalter said. Showalter often talks about how this group of Orioles players are easy to trust, so he saw quickly that there was no need to preach the importance of sustaining their level of play down the stretch in search of a second straight playoff berth.
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March 29, 2011
Predicted finish, records Rangers Angels Athletics Mariners 87-75 86-76 78-84 61-101 Pennants, wild cards since 1995: 2, 3 Average payroll: $99.3 million (third of six divisions) Manager with World Series rings: Mike Scioscia ('02) Players with MVP awards: Josh Hamilton ('10), Ichiro Suzuki ('01). Pitchers with Cy Young awards: Felix Hernandez ('10) Possible high fantasy picks: Hamilton, Hernandez, Ian Kinsler, Trevor Cahill.
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Peter Schmuck | October 6, 2012
For long-suffering Orioles fans, the prospect must be almost too delicious to contemplate. They will crowd into Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday night to witness the first postseason game there since 1997 and, perhaps fittingly, it will be against their most bitter of rivals, the American League East champion New York Yankees. The Orioles will be coming home to the warmest of welcomes after defeating the Texas Rangers, 5-1, Friday night in the one-game wild-card round at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles' first playoff game in 15 years took them deep into the heart of Texas to face a team that spent most of the season as the best in the American League. The eyes of the baseball world turned to the long-suffering Orioles and their unlikely path to the postseason, as they played a do-or-die game in front of 46,931 rally-towel waving fans at the home of the Texas Rangers. And much as they've done all season - with different players across the roster sharing the role of hero - the underdog Orioles showed how much fight they truly have.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
- Left-hander Joe Saunders was not the popular choice to get the Orioles' first postseason start in 15 years and to try and guide the club back to Baltimore for its first home playoff contest since Game 6 of the 1997 American League Championship Series. Saunders has been with the Orioles for barely a month. The 31-year-old veteran had never won a playoff game in four previous attempts. And he's been on the ugly side of awful for most of his career against the Texas Rangers, including a dismal 0-6 record and a 9.38 ERA in his starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
  Orioles manager Buck Showalter has put his team's playoff hopes in the hands of veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, who has been tabbed to start tonight's do-or-die American League wild-card playoff game at Rangers Ballpark. By now, Saunders' career struggles at Rangers Ballpark -- an 0-6 record with a 9.38 ERA in six starts -- are well documented. We also know that Saunders, who has made most of his starts against the Rangers as a member of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West, has pitched well with the Orioles, going 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
The first question zipped at Orioles manager Buck Showalter   like a fastball under the chin. Just moments after Showalter sat down to take questions from the media before Thursday's American League wild-card playoff workout, the question zinged from his left. “Buck, let's get this one right out of the way,” the question came from the corner of the interview room. “You've managed here. They let you go. Now you're managing against them in the playoffs. Your thoughts on the opportunity to beat the Texas Rangers?
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Buck Showalter often mixes gut feelings with statistical data to make his managerial calls on a case-by-case basis. On Thursday, Showalter chose his instincts over statistical wisdom, selecting 31-year-old left-hander Joe Saunders to pitch Friday's one-game wild-card playoff against the Texas Rangers instead of rookie Steve Johnson, who hasn't pitched since overextending his left knee Sept. 29. “Joe is rested,” Showalter said. “He's ready to go. Obviously, [he has]
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By Phil Rogers | October 21, 2010
NEW YORK — This is a new situation for most of the Rangers and all of their fans, so it seems right to offer a little help in their quest to finish off the Yankees. Take no comfort — repeat, no comfort — in the fact Mr. Clifton Phifer Lee is set to pitch Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, if one is necessary. This cannot be stressed too much. Take no comfort — repeat, absolutely zero comfort, and maybe less — that Cliff Lee is waiting for a seventh game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
The first question zipped at Orioles manager Buck Showalter   like a fastball under the chin. Just moments after Showalter sat down to take questions from the media before Thursday's American League wild-card playoff workout, the question zinged from his left. “Buck, let's get this one right out of the way,” the question came from the corner of the interview room. “You've managed here. They let you go. Now you're managing against them in the playoffs. Your thoughts on the opportunity to beat the Texas Rangers?
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - Chris Davis was on the roster of two Texas Rangers teams that eventually went to the World Series. He didn't make the postseason cut in 2010 and was traded to the Orioles halfway through 2011. On Friday, he'll play the first big league postseason game of his career in Arlington, but he'll be on the visitor's side. "It's good to be back," said Davis, who still lives in Dallas and returned to Rangers Ballpark earlier this season with the Orioles. "I think it helped playing here in August to get all the emotions out, coming back to a place that I was here for a while.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2012
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - The first and only time Chris Tillman had pitched at Rangers Ballpark back in July 2010, the Orioles right-hander turned in what might have been his signature performance as a major leaguer, taking a no-hit bid into the seventh against a club that eventually made it to the World Series that year. Tillman wasn't that unhittable Tuesday night, but he was plenty good enough as the Orioles picked up a 5-3 victory to set up a series rubber match with the Rangers tonight.
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