10/05/2012 06:24 pm ET

Rangers vs. Orioles LIVE UPDATES: AL Wild Card Game Features Yu Darvish, Joe Saunders

Baltimore Orioles (93-69)
Texas Rangers (93-69)
Rangers Ballpark In Arlington
8:37 p.m. EST

Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers would rather not be here. Both American League clubs entered their final series of the regular season aiming to clinch a division crown. The Rangers were hoping to hold off the surging Oakland Athletics while the O's were hoping to overtake the Yankees. Both teams failed. But thanks to the dual-Wild Card format debutting during the 2012 MLB playoffs, both teams still have a shot to win the World Series.

Despite landing in this win-or-go-fishing Wild Card Game with identical regular-season records, the teams have been trending quite differently down the stretch. The surging Orioles have taken flight in the second half, posting a 38-20 record since August 1 to battle the Yankees for the AL East title. At the other end of the momentum spectrum, the Rangers scuffled to a 15-16 mark from September 1. That late-season swoon included an 0-3 sweep in Oakland on the final three days of the season that cost the Rangers the division crown.

Appearing in the postseason for the first time since 1997, the Orioles don't have anywhere near the playoff experience of the Rangers, who have represented the Junior Loop in the World Series the past two seasons. Will experience matter more than momentum? Or do both mean little relative to performance of today's pitchers? Yu Darvish takes the mound for the Rangers after a superlative debut campaign in the majors. For the Orioles, left-hander Joe Saunders will pitch in a ballpark that he has never won.

Who keeps their season alive?


10/05/2012 11:58 PM EDT

It's Over

Murphy flies out to McLouth. The Orioles have done it! #BUCKleUp

10/05/2012 11:57 PM EDT

Bases Loaded

First pitch swing by pinch-hitter Profar. Murphy up with two down as the tying run. Interesting.

10/05/2012 11:56 PM EDT

Lub Dub

Napoli works a walk and the Rangers aren't done yet..

10/05/2012 11:53 PM EDT

Two Down

Cruz advances on Young's ground out. Napoli up. The Rangers collapse will either go down as epic or their comeback in this game. Which you taking?

10/05/2012 11:52 PM EDT


Nelson Cruz singles to left to get one runner on. Young up.

10/05/2012 11:50 PM EDT

One Down

Beltre flies out to center.

10/05/2012 11:50 PM EDT

The Jim

With 51 saves on the 2012 ledger, Johnson is on the hill.

10/05/2012 11:48 PM EDT

Middle Ninth

RAngers finally escape the top of the ninth. They're trailing 5-1 and facing Jim Johnson. That's not a strong position.

10/05/2012 11:45 PM EDT

Piling On

McLouth with a sac fly and the Orioles add another run. It's 5-1 with two away and a runner on first.

10/05/2012 11:45 PM EDT

@ MLBonESPNRadio :

Crowd at Rangers Ballpark starting to slowly leave... #orioles get another run in the 9th and are threatening for more.... 4-1 lead..