Oakland hosts Texas after Bailey’s strong performance
Oakland, California; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Oakland heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Homer Bailey. Bailey pitched seven innings, giving up zero runs on three hits with 11 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Athletics are 39-28 against AL West opponents. Oakland has hit 246 home runs this season, fifth in the MLB. Matt Olson leads the team with 35, averaging one every 12.8 at-bats.
The Rangers are 32-41 against teams from the AL West. Texas hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .316 this season, led by Shin-Soo Choo with a mark of .363.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 8-2, .258 batting average, 4.65 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
Rangers: 4-6, .268 batting average, 5.70 ERA, outscored by four runs
Rangers Injuries: Nate Jones: (forearm), Taylor Hearn: (elbow), Jesse Chavez: (elbow), Jesse Biddle: (shoulder), Hunter Pence: (back), Joey Gallo: (wrist), Logan Forsythe: (intercostal), Jeff Mathis: (back).