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Joe Saunders to start vs. Rangers

Updated: October 4, 2012, 5:32 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Baltimore Orioles veteran Joe Saunders will start Friday's American League wild-card game against the Texas Rangers, manager Buck Showalter announced Thursday.

Showalter said Saunders' experience, along with the fact the Orioles are unsure if Steve Johnson's knee is going to be 100 percent, impacted the decision to start Saunders against the two-time defending AL champions.

"(Saunders) is rested and ready to go," Showalter said. "He's pitched some in the playoffs. ...

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