Texas Rangers (51-89, fifth in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (77-64, second in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Saturday, 4:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Kolby Allard (3-12, 5.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 90 strikeouts) Athletics: Cole Irvin (9-13, 4.10 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 101 strikeouts)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics understand the ups and downs of a season, having started 2021 with six straight losses before soon winning 13 in a row.
They are counting on a September roll carrying them to a fourth straight playoff berth.
DETROIT (AP) — Matt Chapman made plays with his bat, glove and arm to lift the Oakland Athletics to their latest win in a push to make the playoffs.
Chapman hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the third inning, cleared the fences again in the ninth and turned a key double play to help the A's beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cole Irvin struck out eight in eight innings to remain unbeaten in five June starts, and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Upton hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels avoided a sweep by topping the Oakland Athletics 6-5 on Sunday.
Los Angeles won for just the second time in seven games since three-time AL MVP Mike Trout went on the injured list with a calf strain.