American League West
The A’s won their 16th division title in 2013, but bowed out with a disappointing ALDS loss (again).
Now sitting in second place, the A’s will try to regain the advantage with a series at home against a woeful Houston Astros team they’ve dominated. A healthier Colon might have a good chance to help Tuesday night, given his recent performances against them.
The Athletics have won all nine meetings this year with their newest division rivals, and will likely again be without slugger Yoenis Cespedes in Monday night’s opener of a three-game series in Houston.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson sees plenty of similarities between this Oakland team and the one that stunned the Texas Rangers on the season’s final day last fall.
Coming off their first loss in six games, the Oakland Athletics may be feeling good about their chances of getting back on track against the Houston Astros.
The Oakland Athletics know that few will give them a chance to repeat in a division featuring sluggers Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout making up a loaded lineup for the Los Angeles Angels.
Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants won the National League batting title with a .336 average, only the fourth catcher to do so in the league’s 137-season history.
A victory for the Oakland Athletics would secure their return to the postseason, but they’re still looking to catch the Rangers.
Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, helping Tyson Ross get his first win in nearly a year as the Oakland Athletics avoided a series sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Brendan Ryan hit a two-run homer, Justin Smoak added a solo shot and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Sunday.