Most of the characters will be the same as the Rangers and Blue Jays resume the rivalry that grew intense during last year's American League Division Series, when Toronto won three consecutive elimination games, including an epic Game 5, to shock Texas.
But Monday's spotlight will also shine on someone who wasn't around last postseason: Rangers righty A.J. Griffin, who will make his fifth start as the fill-in fifth starter until Yu Darvish is ready to return. Griffin is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA and is coming off a win over the Yankees in which he tossed eight innings of one-run ball.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.