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O's Teagarden relishes Texas homecoming

O's Teagarden relishes Texas homecoming

O's Teagarden relishes Texas homecoming
ARLINGTON -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden and five other ex-Rangers were back in Texas on Monday as playoff contenders with the Orioles. All of them played some role in helping the Rangers win consecutive American League pennants the last two years.

For Teagarden, it was special returning to his home area -- the Orioles' backup catcher grew up in nearby Carrollton, a suburb of Dallas, and played at the University of Texas. He said prior to Monday's game that his parents would be at all three games.

"It's a unique experience for myself," said Teagarden, who played for the Rangers for parts of four seasons from 2008-11. "I've never been in this visitors' locker room. We have a lot of you guys, there's a lot of energy over here. It's fun to come back to Texas to play impactful games in August. It should be three good games with two really good teams."

The Orioles had two former Rangers in the starting lineup Monday night -- designated hitter Chris Davis and shortstop Manny Machado. Pedro Strop and Darren O'Day were in the bullpen. Tommy Hunter, who started Game 4 for the Rangers in the 2010 World Series, will start Wednesday night's game.

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