Rangers decide ALDS Game 1 starter, don't announce who it is

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have decided who their starting pitcher will be for the AL Division Series opener. Manager Jeff Banister just wasn't ready Tuesday to make it public.

Before the Rangers worked out at home, and before finding out who they will play, Banister said he didn't feel the need to announce Thursday's starter.

It will be All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA) or right-hander Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.41).

''I don't think there's any competitive disadvantage, and I don't really believe there's any competitive advantage,'' Banister said. "I just feel like that until we know who we're going to play, we'll keep that in house.''

Hamels, who pitched his regular-season finale last Wednesday, threw a bullpen session Monday. Darvish had a session Tuesday, four days after his last start.

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