Rangers deal with unique Wild Card format

Rangers deal with unique Wild Card format

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are the host team for a first in American League playoff history. Texas and Baltimore are the first two teams to meet in the new AL Wild Card Game. Both teams, after winning 93 games during the regular season, enter the postseason facing a one-game, win-or-else playoff.

"I really don't know how it feels because I haven't tried to put too much emphasis on it other than the fact that let's come out here and prepare and try to just got out here and play our game," manager Ron Washington said. "I know the implications if things don't go the way we would like them to go.

"I feel pretty good about my club. I walked through the clubhouse. I didn't see anything different than what they've been doing all year. I think we know what's at stake."

General manager Jon Daniels said Friday felt like the playoffs only with a little bit different feel to it.

"It's great for the fans," Daniels said. "It's great theater. As an industry, we're getting everything we wanted out of it."