Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 10/4/12
ARLINGTON, Texas Baltimore will go with left-hander Joe Saunders, who has struggled at Rangers Ballpark, as its starter for Friday's American League wild-card game against the Rangers. Saunders is 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts for the Orioles this year since coming over from Arizona in an August trade. He pitched six times in Arlington when he was playing for Los Angeles and was 0-6 with a 9.39 ERA in those games. He doesn't think that matters anymore. "I don't care," Saunders said. "Tomorrow's a new day." Saunders does have postseason experience, pitching for the Angels in 2008 and 2009 and then Arizona in 2010. He's 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in four playoff starts. "Joe's rested, ready to go," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "He's obviously experienced, has pitched some in the playoffs and we had a couple of options. I've said many times this year our No. 1 starter is the guy's who's pitching that day. Joe's pitched well for us since he's been here. He's got a tough task ahead of him." Showalter said he's not concerned about Saunders' numbers against the Rangers because he alone won't dictate the outcome of the game.
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