Coming off their second big offensive performance in the series, the host Rangers look to take the four-game set from AL West-leading A’s on Thursday.
The Oakland Athletics can take comfort in knowing they’ll leave Texas still leading the AL West. They can pad their lead by extending the struggles of the second-place Rangers on Wednesday night.
The Rangers will next try to give Yu Darvish some more support while denying A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker a career high-tying fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night.
The Oakland Athletics have taken control of the AL West in part because of the Texas Rangers’ struggles on their longest homestand of the season.
David Murphy and Adrian Beltre homered in a three-run first inning, Ross Wolf was strong in his first major league start and the Texas Rangers avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Dealing with an injured pitcher is nothing new for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland and the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday.
Yoenis Cespedes hit his seventh homer Monday before exiting in the fifth with a stomach bug. Manager Bob Melvin said: “They’re calling it a stomach ailment, they don’t think it’s a stomach virus. They think he should be in good shape to play (Tuesday).”
The Oakland Athletics swept three home games from the Texas Rangers to capture an unlikely AL West crown the last time these teams met heading into Monday night’s opener of a three-game set.
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