A's vs. White Sox: Trevor Cahill Suffers First Loss of Season, A's Fall 4-3

The Oakland Athletics face off with the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox this week. A strong showing could get the A's closer to first place in the AL West. We provide news, updates and recaps for the series. For more on the A's, check out Athletics Nation.

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Athletics vs. Rangers: Gio Gonzalez Saved By Rain Out Providing Excuse For Obligatory Milli Vanilli Video

Oakland Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez found himself struggling immensely on Wednesday as the Texas Rangers put up seven runs in the third inning. The big inning included a grand slam from Mitch Moreland, an RBI double by Andres Blanco, and a pair of bases loaded walks. All was not looking well for Gonzalez and the A’s.

Fortunately for them, and unfortunately for Mitch Moreland and the Texas Rangers, those runs now only exist in an alternate reality. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, the Rangers had to sit and watch the rain come through and wipe it all away. The A’s and Rangers had faced a rain delay Tuesday night, but were able to get the rest of the game in. They were not quite so lucky on Wednesday. The rain delayed the game for two hours and fourteen minutes before the umpires decided to call it a day.

As divisional foes, it was a pretty easy call to postpone the game to another day. The A’s travel back down to Arlington July 8-10 and September 9-11. MLB should have little trouble fitting a double-header somewhere in those six games.

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Athletics vs. Rangers: Brett Anderson's Struggles Continue Against Texas

The Oakland Athletics reversed course from Monday night, dropping a 7-2 game to the Texas Rangers Tuesday night in Arlington. Brett Anderson suffered his second straight defeat to the Rangers. In his two starts against Texas this season, Anderson has given up 11 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. On the other side, Colby Lewis had his second strong outing of the season against Oakland. In his two starts against the A’s in 2011, Lewis has given up 4 earned runs over 15 1/3 innings.

Anderson was done in by a strong Rangers offense that had little trouble with him. The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Anderson walked Mike Napoli to force in a run a run and then gave up a single to Craig Gentry. An inning later the Rangers opened things up as Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer that sent Anderson to the showers.

The game was delayed by rain in the sixth inning as the A’s were starting to get their offense going. The A’s scored their first run on a Cliff Pennington home run and then David DeJesus walked before the umps called for the tarp. After the delay Daric Barton singled with one out and the A’s down 5-1, but the team could not get a run across.

The teams square off in the rubber match on Wednesday at 11:05am on CSN California. Gio Gonzalez and Matt Harrison will square off as each team looks to move a game ahead before leaving town.

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Athletics vs. Rangers: Josh Willingham Launches A's To New Heights

After bouncing back and forth between .500 and one game over .500, the Oakland Athletics finally climbed to two games over .500 for the first time this season. The A’s defeated the Texas Rangers 7-2 Monday night behind a strong pitching performance from Trevor Cahill and a big offensive spark from recently suspended outfielder Josh Willingham.

Willingham was handed a one-game suspension by Major League Baseball prior to the game for bumping home plate umpire Bill Miller on Saturday. Willingham immediately appealed the suspension, thus allowing him to continue playing. He took full advantage of this reprieve going 2-for-4 with five RBIs on a three-run home run and an RBI single.

Trevor Cahill made the runs stand up as he improved to 6-0, giving up one run on five hits and one walk. Cahill is even with Jered Weaver and Max Scherzer with six wins and leads the American League with a 1.72 ERA. While we’re only six weeks into the season, Trevor Cahill is doing his best to prove last season was not a fluke.

The A’s and Rangers return Tuesday night at 5:05pm on CSN California. Brett Anderson will face off with Colby Lewis as the A’s look to gain more ground on the Angels. LA lost 8-0 to the White Sox and now leads Oakland by one game.

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