A look at the American League wild-card playoff between the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers (-185, 9’u, -120), at Arlington, Texas (8:37 p.m. EDT). (TBS):

Projected Lineups:

Orioles: LF Nate McLouth (.268, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 12 SBs), SS J.J. Hardy (.238, 22, 68), RF Chris Davis (.270, 33, 85, 169 Ks), CF Adam Jones (.287, 32, 82, 16 SBs), C Matt Wieters (.249, 23, 83), DH Jim Thome (.257, 3, 10 in 28 games), 1B Mark Reynolds (.221, 23, 69), 2B Ryan Flaherty (.216, 6, 19), 3B Manny Machado (.262, 7, 26).

Rangers: 2B Ian Kinsler (.256, 19, 72, 21 SBs, 105 runs), SS Elvis Andrus (.286, 3, 62, 21 SBs), CF Josh Hamilton (.285, 43, 128, 162 Ks, 60 BBs, 103 runs), 3B Adrian Beltre (.321, 36, 102), RF Nelson Cruz (.260, 24, 90), DH Michael Young (.277, 8, 67), LF David Murphy (.304, 15, 61), C Mike Napoli (.227, 24, 56), 1B Mitch Moreland (.275, 15, 50).

Starting Pitchers:

Orioles: LHP Joe Saunders (as an Oriole: 3-3, 3.63 ERA, 23 Ks, 8 BBs in 44-2/3 innings over 7 starts with Orioles) – Saunders has always been one of the most durable pitchers in the game, not to mention one more reliable starters in a rotation. He is 3-7 with a 6.48 ERA in 11 career starts against Texas, including 0-6 with a 9.38 ERA in six previous starts at Rangers Ballpark. Complimenting his fastball, Saunders turns to a deadly slider, and occasionally gets hitters to chase a change-up. When struggling in a game, his weakness tends to be reliance on his change and curve ball. He uses the change more against right-handed hitters than he does lefties. He’ll have the tough chore of facing six right-handed hitters in this game.

Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90, 221 Ks, 191-1/3 IP) – The rookie Japanese-import is very assertive with his fastball, which comes in at the higher end of a 92- to 95-mile per hour range. Though this is his first season in MLB, he does boast postseason experience in his homeland. He was 8-2 with a 1.38 ERA and five complete games in 11 postseason starts for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters from 2006-11. Darvish, who is 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA in his last five starts, has limited opponents to a .139 average with a .180 slugging percentage during that span. The crafty right-hander has not allowed a home run over his last 43 innings.

Series Nuggets:

The Rangers won the 2012 series, 5-2.

The Rangers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings.

Texas scored at least 10 runs three times against the O’s this season.

The Orioles are mired in a 1-5 slide in Arlington.

The Over has cashed six of the last eight meetings.

Baltimore Nuggets:

Baltimore is in on winning streaks of 4-0 versus the A.L. West, 10-2 against right-handed starters, 4-1 when installed as the road underdog and 7-3 with a suitcase in hand.

Baltimore, which was is in contention for the A.L. East title until the last day of the season, is in the postseason after suffering through 14 consecutive losing seasons and four straight last-place finishes before resurrecting itself under manager Buck Showalter.

The Orioles went 29-9 in one-run games and have won an astonishing 16 straight extra-inning contests.

Orioles right-fielder Chris Davis homered in six straight games before the streak came to an abrupt halt in the regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. He finished as the team leader in HRs and RBI.

Baltimore is 23-8 when Adam Jones, who played in all 162 games, goes yard.

Texas Nuggets:

The Rangers are in on winning streaks of 7-1 when installed as a playoff favorite, 11-4 against southpaws, 5-1 with Darvish on the bump and 4-1 when he’s on the hill in Arlington.

Texas slugger Josh Hamilton became the 16th player in major league history to belt four home runs in a game, back on May 8, in a 10-3 win at Baltimore. Hamilton has 11 career blasts in 38 games against the Orioles.

Texas’ Nelson Cruz has batted an impressive .366 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 35 career games vs. Baltimore.

Baltimore is the only American League team Darvish did not face in the regular season.

The Rangers head into this one-and-out playoff game having lost nine of their last 13 games.

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