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Wild Card Game lineups: Orioles vs. Rangers

Oct 5, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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Here are the Orioles’ and Rangers’ lineups for the Wild Card playoff game:

   BALTIMORE ORIOLES         TEXAS RANGERS
1. Nate McLouth, LF       1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. J.J. Hardy, SS         2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Chris Davis, RF        3. Josh Hamilton, LF
4. Adam Jones, CF         4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Matt Wieters, C        5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Jim Thome, DH          6. Michael Young, 1B
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B      7. Mike Napoli, DH
8. Ryan Flaherty, 2B      8. Geovany Soto, C
9. Manny Machado, 3B      9. Craig Gentry, CF

SP Joe Saunders, LH       SP Yu Darvish, RH

Buck Showalter is going with what has become his standard lineup versus right-handed pitching following injuries to Nick Markakis and Wilson Betemit. Jim Thome gets the start at designated hitter and will be playing in his 68th career playoff game at age 41. Of the nine players starting for the Orioles tonight only Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, and J.J. Hardy were in the Opening Day lineup at the same position (Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds also played the opener, but at different spots than tonight).

Ron Washington stacked the Rangers’ lineup with right-handed bats against left-hander Joe Saunders. David Murphy played regularly against lefties during the season, but he’s benched tonight in favor of Craig Gentry, which also shifts Josh Hamilton from center field to left field. Lefty-hitting Mitch Moreland is also out of the lineup, with Michael Young taking over for him at first base and Mike Napoli sliding into Young’s usual designated hitter spot. Geovany Soto, who was acquired from the Cubs to be Napoli’s backup, will catch Yu Darvish’s playoff debut.

Feel free to chat during the game in the comments section.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Let’s Go Whoever the Yankees Can beat More Easily in the Next Round!!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Why the thumbs down? Fine…it’s whoMever…

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Ron Washington stacked the Rangers’ lineup with right-handed bats against left-hander Joe Saunders

    Love the discussion going on via Twitter about how Showalter should pull Saunders right after Hamilton and get a RHP to counter the platoon advantange.

  3. cowboys8819 - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    The Rangers will probably choke! I hope not though!

  4. randygnyc - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I wouldn’t risk my entire season on Saunders. Buck must think that he’s good enough to slide by the slumping rangers and AT&T he same time, keep his ammo dry for the next round. I know, short leash and all, but he’s going to take a beating if it doesn’t work out.

    • Loose Changeup - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      Not a lot of options. Steve Johnson was the other possible starter. He’s 24 and has made 4 starts in the majors.

      Throws With Left will be on a hits limit, and Buck will fire up the bullpen. If Saunders doesn’t pitch shutout stuff, expect 5-6 Orioles pitchers

  5. raider2124 - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Saunders will keep the game tight through 5. Then we will go with the bullpen. Let’s go o’s

    • Loose Changeup - Oct 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      Bold prediction, my friend

  6. paperlions - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Good to see MY didn’t wait long to make his presence in the lineup felt.

  7. albertmn - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    How great would it be to see a Thome home run? While I inclined to root for the Orioles, as they make a better story, I am a Thome fan either way, and would love to see a bomb, win or lose.

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