|Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, left and Manny Machado celebrate winning the American League wild-card playoff baseball game 5-1, against the Texas Rangers Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)|
Orioles advance, 5-1 over 2-time AL champion Texas
Darvish won 16 games in his rookie season in the majors, after the Rangers committed more than $107 million last winter to acquire Japan’s best pitcher. The 26-year-old right-hander was 8-2 with a 1.38 ERA in 11 postseason starts in Japan the past six seasons.
Showalter managed in Texas for four years before being fired and replaced by Washington after the 2006 season. Darren O'Day, the sidewinder who pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Saunders, is one of seven former Rangers players now with Baltimore — and advancing in the playoffs.
‘‘I have a lot of respect for the Texas Rangers and what they've done these past few years and the opportunity they gave me,’’ said O'Day. ‘‘It was more satisfying just to make the playoffs with this group of guys. People thought we'd be making tee times right now.’’