The Oakland A’s, bitten by the injury bug, need to lean on starting pitcher Sonny Gray even more than expected.
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.
The A’s beat the Rangers 4-2 in the first game of the three game series on Monday afternoon. The difference was a home run by Coco Crisp, that barely touched the left field foul pole.
The wayward saga of infielder Adam Rosales has resumed, with the Texas Rangers once again claiming him off waivers from Oakland.
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.
Yu Darvish was far from perfect Tuesday night, surrendering a season-high five runs en route to a 6-2 loss to the AL West-leading Athletics. But the Rangers’ ace was unwilling to admit it.
Yu Darvish was tagged for five runs, the Texas Rangers offense was limited to three hits and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics defeated the Rangers 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is back on the field with stitches on his face and blood on his jersey after a vicious collision at home plate.
Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs, and the Rangers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the division-leading Athletics on Monday night.
Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first win in a month and the Oakland A’s beat the Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.