ARLINGTON -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a surprising move on Thursday when he said left-hander Joe Saunders will start against the Rangers in Friday's American League Wild Card game.
It's an interesting decision, considering Saunders does not have a good history at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, going 0-6 with a 9.38 ERA. He has allowed 13 home runs in 31 2/3 innings.
"You can make numbers go any way you want to," Showalter said. "If you're looking for pitchers with good numbers against the Texas Rangers, they're hard to find. We have to pitch well and do things out of the bullpen and swing the bat and catch the ball. It's an opportunity for Joe. He's pitched some good games."
The Rangers did lose to soft-tossing left-hander Travis Blackley in the second game of their final series against the A's that cost them the AL West title.