The two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers dominated the last-place Baltimore Orioles last season, outscoring them by 29 runs over six games.
The teams don't appear to be as mismatched in 2012.
Baltimore has won five straight over traditional powers to seize the AL's best record, though it might be a bit fatigued as it looks to extend that streak Monday night in the opener of a four-game set against visiting Texas.
The Rangers (18-10) beat the Orioles five times in 2011 while Baltimore finished at the bottom of the AL East for the fourth straight season.
Texas outscored the Orioles 46-17 while plating 13 runs three times and Michael Young went 12 for 20 while the Rangers won the series' final five games.
Baltimore (19-9) seems like it might provide a bit more resistance this season.
After beating the New York Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Orioles completed a sweep in Boston with Sunday's 9-6 win in 17 innings. Former Ranger Chris Davis - who struck out five times...