American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 16th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (19-18) at Texas Rangers (23-14), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Tommy Milone (5-2, 3.92)
Texas - Yu Darvish (5-1, 2.84)
(Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics can cut into the Texas Rangers' lead
atop the American League West standings when the two division foes collide
tonight in the opener of a two-game series in Arlington.
Oakland sits four games behind Texas for the AL West lead and split a two-game
set with the division-rival LA Angels of Anaheim to open a seven-game road
trip. In Tuesday's 4-0 loss at Angel Stadium, Ervin Santana pitched 7 2/3
shutout innings for the win and Bartolo Colon was reached for four runs and 12
hits through 6 2/3 frames to absorb the loss.
"Ervin pitched well today," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "After the third
inning, because of the shadows, we couldn't see the spin on the ball. He kept
us off balance."
Cliff Pennington and Kila Ka'aihue both doubled for the A's, who finished with
just five hits to Anaheim's 12. Oakland, which entered the game with three
wins in four tries, went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Athletics will also visit San Francisco for three games on the trek and
hope Tommy Milone can stay hot on the season when he toes the rubber tonight.
Milone has won two straight and four of five starts, and was solid in Friday's
11-4 victory over Detroit. He surrendered two runs -- one earned -- and five
hits in seven innings to improve to 5-2 in seven starts to go along with a
3.92 earned run average.
Oakland has scored six or more runs in each of the lefty's last three starts.
He has never faced the Rangers in his career.
Texas has lost two straight and three of four contests, including Tuesday's
7-4 loss versus the Kansas City Royals in the back end of a two-game series.
Colby Lewis wasn't given much help on the mound as he gave up seven runs --
two earned -- and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also had two throwing
errors. Brandon Snyder homered, while Josh Hamilton, David Murphy and Mitch
Moreland each drove in a run for the Rangers, who are 2-3 on a seven-game
"We didn't put as many runs on the board as we needed to," Murphy said.
Hamilton extended his hitting streak to 15 games and is one of five players
with 44 or more RBI through his team's first 35 games in a season.
Yu Darvish hopes Hamilton can continue his power surge when he toes the rubber
tonight. Darvish is 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA in seven starts this season and last
pitched in Friday's 10-3 win over the Angels. He allowed three earned runs for
the second straight start and lasted 5 1/3 innings on the hill. Darvish struck
out seven batters and has fanned that many or more in four straight outings.
The Japanese right-hander is 3-0 in three home starts and will face the
Athletics for the first time.
Texas went 13-6 against Oakland a season ago, going 7-2 in Arlington.
05/16 10:59:45 ET