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Cole Hamels tabbed Rangers starter for ALDS opener vs. Blue Jays

Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels works against the

Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Photo Credit: AP / Ben Margot

ARLINGTON, Texas — All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels will start the AL Division Series opener for the Texas Rangers against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

Hamels (15-5, 3.32) didn’t pitch against the Blue Jays during the regular season but faced them twice in last year’s ALDS. He threw seven innings in the Rangers’ 14-inning win in the second game and lost the Game 5 clincher when three of the five runs against him in 6 1/3 innings were unearned.

Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.41) goes in Game 2 on Friday, his first career ALDS start.

Hamels is 1-1 with a 7.31 ERA over his last six starts. The victory was six scoreless innings at Oakland on Sept. 23, when he won the team’s AL West Division title-clinching game for the second year in a row.


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