Oakland hosts Texas, aims to build on Fiers’ strong showing
Oakland, California; Saturday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Oakland heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Mike Fiers. Fiers threw eight innings, giving up zero runs on two hits with five strikeouts against Texas.
The Athletics are 40-28 against the rest of their division. The Oakland pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.02, Mike Fiers paces the staff with a mark of 3.86.
The Rangers are 32-42 in division matchups. Texas has a collective .246 this season, led by Danny Santana with an average of .284. The Athletics won the last meeting 8-0. Fiers earned his 15th victory and Chad Pinder went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs for Oakland. Mike Minor registered his 10th loss for Texas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 9-1, .269 batting average, 3.23 ERA, outscored opponents by 38 runs
Rangers: 3-7, .247 batting average, 6.37 ERA, outscored by 17 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).