The Oakland A’s kept sliding, falling out of the top AL wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas on Thursday that gave the Rangers a three-game sweep.
Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the fifth inning and Sonny Gray pitched Oakland over the Texas Rangers 4-2 Wednesday, giving the Athletics the best record in the majors.
Bartolo Colon scattered seven hits over eight innings and the division-leading A’s beat Texas for the second time in less than 24 hours.
The A’s handed the Rangers their fourth straight loss and moved 4½ games ahead of Texas in the opener of the final series of the regular season between the past two AL West champions.
Derek Holland gave up four hits in eight stellar innings, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland each hit a home run and Ron Washington became the ‘winningest’ manager in Rangers history as Texas beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Sunday.
The Rangers claimed Rosales before opening a three-game series at Oakland on Friday night. The A’s designated the utility infielder for assignment Wednesday to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for infielder Alberto Callaspo
Oakland sends Tommy Milone (6-6, 3.61 ERA) to the mound while Texas will have Justin Grimm (5-5, 5.59 ERA) toe the rubber. Texas remains 3GB of Oakland in the AL West Race.
The wealthiest athletic program in the country has been racked by bad results on the field and embarrassed by revelations of coaches having inappropriate relationships with students.
University of Texas regents met by private telephone call Sunday to discuss recently-disclosed incidents involving athletic coaches having inappropriate relationships with students.
The U-S Department of Education has issued a directive to the nation’s schools requiring that disabled children be given the same access to athletic programs as any other student.
University of Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney resigned Saturday and acknowledged in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman that she had an intimate relationship with an athlete in her program in 2002.