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    Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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    American League Wild Card Preview from The Sports Network



    Friday, October 5th (All times Eastern)

    Baltimore Orioles (93-69) at Texas Rangers (93-69), 8:37 p.m.

    Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Joe Saunders (3-3, 3.63) Texas - Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90)

    (Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers are back in the postseason for a third straight season. But, it may not be the way they wanted it.

    Texas was denied its third straight American League West title and a chance at the top overall record in the league on Wednesday, as it was swept by Oakland, capping an epic turnaround for the Athletics.

    "I'm not frustrated, I'm just disappointed," manager Ron Washington said. "We played all year to win a division and we didn't get it done. Especially the way it happened, it's disappointing. We put our backs to the wall and we have to win one game. We're capable of winning one game. If we can do that, you never know what will happen."

    Now, if the Rangers are going to make a third straight World Series appearance, they will have to win a one-game wild card playoff game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

    Under the new format the two wild card teams will play one game with the winner advancing to the ALDS and hosting the AL East champion New York Yankees in the first two games of the best-of-five set starting Sunday.

    The Rangers had been in first place since April 8 and led Oakland by 13 games after finishing off a sweep of them back on June 30. The gritty A's clawed their way back, though, and the Rangers lost nine of their final 13 games to seal their fate.

    "We have to shake it off," Rangers outfielder David Murphy said. "It's not going to be an easy one to shake off, but we don't have the luxury of hanging our heads and feeling sorry for ourselves. We put ourselves in this position."

    Texas will hand the ball to rookie right-hander Yu Darvish, who was 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA in his first year since coming over from Japan. Darvish was particularly effective down the stretch for the Rangers, going 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his last eight starts.

    "Of course, I'm ready," said Darvish, who did not face the Orioles this season. "If I wasn't ready, I wouldn't be named to pitch that game. I'm just going to try to approach it like any other start and try to win."

    Darvish, of course, was a superstar in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters, pitching to a 1.99 ERA over seven years and twice was named the Pacific League's Most Valuable Player.

    "The guy was under tremendous pressure," Washington said. "He had to learn everything and make adjustments. It took him some time, but he found it."

    An All-Star by way of the final vote in the AL, Darvish ended up fifth in the league with 221 strikeouts and opponents hit .220 off of him, the third lowest in the league.

    "I'm going to treat it like any other game," Darvish said.

    While the Rangers may not be happy having to play this extra game, you won't hear the people in Baltimore complaining, as the Orioles are back in the postseason for the first time since 1997.

    "We are just going to hang our heads and mope into Texas," Orioles slugger Davis joked. "Of course we're excited. This is the first time this team has been to the postseason in 15 years. This organization has to be excited. We're ready to go."

    Buck Showalter's group finished 93-69 and still had a chance to win an American League East title up until the final day of the season. The O's though, closed the regular season by losing two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays.

    "I told our guys how proud I am just to be associated with this bunch; they're a baseball-playing bunch of guys," Showalter said of his club, which won just 69 games last season. "They'll let it rip in Texas, and it won't be from timidness. I can tell you that."

    Playing away from home won't intimidate an Orioles team that had an AL-best 46 road wins, although they went 1-2 in Texas and lost the season series, 5-2.

    "I'm looking at (it as) half-full," Showalter added. "We've got an opportunity, and it's there for us in nine innings."

    The Orioles will hand the ball to lefty Joe Saunders on Friday rather than rookie Steve Johnson. Saunders was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts for the O's after being acquired from Arizona.

    "I've said many times this year, the No. 1 starter is the guy pitching that day," Showalter said. "Our whole rotation has been the sum of the parts, and Joe has pitched well for us since he's been here. He's got (a) tough task ahead of him."

    Saunders, though, is just 3-7 lifetime against the Rangers with a 6.48 ERA and is 0-6 in six starts in Arlington with a 9.38 ERA. He's also allowed 13 home runs there in 31 2/3 innings pitched.

    "You can make numbers look any way you want to," Showalter said. "If you are looking for pitchers with good numbers against the Texas Rangers, they are hard to find. Regardless of who pitches tomorrow, we are going to have to pitch well and do some things out of the bullpen and swing the bats well. ... It's an opportunity for Joe. He's pitched some good games, too."

    Texas has never faced the Orioles in the playoffs.

    10/05 10:31:06 ET

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      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

      Updated:

      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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      • Isolated showers Sunday afternoon

        Isolated showers Sunday afternoon

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        SUNDAY: 30% Rain Chance; Highs near 86
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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

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        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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