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O's, Rangers Meet For Spot In ALDS

ARLINGTON - The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers will clash tonight in the American League Wild Card game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Joe Saunders will start for Baltimore, while Texas counters with Yu Darvish.  The Orioles are back in the postseason for the first time since 1997.  The Birds battled the Yankees all season in the quest for the American League East Division title before settling for one of the two Wild Card spots this week.

The Rangers squandered a bid for their third straight AL West crown by losing five of their last six games down the stretch.  Texas blew a 5-1 lead in a 12-5 loss to Oakland on the final day of the regular season that gave the Athletics the division title.

The Rangers have won the last two American League pennants, but came up short in the World Series both times.  The O's last won the World Series in 1983.  The winner of this game will host the Yankees in the first two games of the best-of-five AL Division Series beginning Sunday.

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