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Rangers place 11 pitchers on Wild Card roster

Rangers place 11 pitchers on Wild Card roster

Rangers place 11 pitchers on Wild Card roster
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will carry 11 pitchers for tonight's Wild Card playoff game against the Orioles.

Right-handers Tanner Scheppers, Mike Adams, Mark Lowe and Ryan Dempster are not on the list. Yu Darvish is scheduled to start, so the Rangers will have six right-handers and four left-handers backing him up.

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The right-handers are Scott Feldman, Alexi Ogando, Roy Oswalt, Koji Uehara, Yoshinori Tateyama and closer Joe Nathan. The left-handers are Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Robbie Ross and Michael Kirkman. Harrison is supposed to pitch Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees on Sunday but that won't matter if the Rangers don't win tonight.

The team that wins tonight can change its roster for the Division Series.

"We selected the group we felt gives us the best chance to win this game," general manager Jon Daniels said.

Adams was sidelined for a week with pain and numbness in his neck, shoulder and arm. Dempster started against Oakland on Wednesday and is not available to pitch. The most interesting decision was going with Tateyama over Scheppers and Lowe. Tateyama is a soft-tossing side-arming right-hander who might give the Orioles more trouble than Scheppers and Lowe, who are both hard throwers.

The Rangers will have 14 position players available, including Luis Martinez as a third catcher. Mike Olt was left off the roster because of inflammation in his right foot but outfielder Leonys Martin and infielder Jurickson Profar were included among the reserves.

RIGHT-HANDED PITCHERS (7): Yu Darvish, Scott Feldman, Joe Nathan, Alexi Ogando, Roy Oswalt, Yoshinori Tateyama, Koji Uehara

LEFT-HANDED PITCHERS (4): Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Michael Kirkman, Robbie Ross

CATCHERS (3): Luis Martinez, Mike Napoli, Geovany Soto

INFIELDERS (6): Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Jurickson Profar, Michael Young

OUTFIELDERS (5): Nelson Cruz, Craig Gentry, Josh Hamilton, Leonys Martin, David Murphy

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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