American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, September 5th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (73-63) at Oakland Athletics (76-59), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Dan Haren (9-10, 4.58)
Oakland - Brandon McCarthy (8-5, 3.10)
(Sports Network) - Dan Haren tries to pitch the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
to a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday at the Coliseum.
The A's entered this set as the hottest team in baseball with nine straight
wins, but have lost the first two games of this set. On Tuesday, Zack Greinke
fired seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Angels to a 6-1 win.
Greinke (4-2) scattered four hits and walked two while striking out four to
pick up his third straight win.
"You could see it coming his last couple of starts, just finding the release
point," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Greinke's start. "I thought he
threw the ball exceptionally well."
"He was a lot better than we saw him last time," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
"Just had us off-balanced all night."
Alberto Callaspo went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored once and Mike Trout had
two hits and drove in a run for the Angels, winners in 11 of their last 14.
Brandon Moss stroked a solo homer in the seventh inning for the A's, who still
hold one of the two wild card spots in the AL, and are 3 1/2 games up on the
Jarrod Parker (9-8) was pegged with the loss after giving up two runs on eight
hits over seven frames. Parker struck out five without issuing a walk in his
first loss since Aug. 14.
"Each and every game is important here in September, but they come in and take
the first two games from us I think it's just as important to win the game
tomorrow," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
On Wednesday, Haren will be trying to build off one of his more impressive
starts this season. The righty beat the Seattle Mariners, holding them to just
an unearned run and five hits in seven innings to run his record to 9-10,
while lowering his ERA to 4.58.
Haren lost to the A's the last time he faced them and is 2-3 in eight starts
against them with a 3.74 ERA.
Oakland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Brandon McCarthy, who has won his
last two starts and is 8-5 on the year with a 3.10 ERA. McCarthy beat the
Boston Red Sox on Friday, limiting them to two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3
He is 1-3 in 10 games (6 starts) against the Angels with a 5.03 ERA.
Oakland has split its 14 matchups with the Angels this season. Los Angeles,
though, is 5-3 in Oakland and will be looking for its first three-game sweep
there since turning the trick from Oct. 2-4, 2009.
09/05 10:24:09 ET