OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 07: Brandon Moss #37, Jemile Weeks #19, Collin Cowgill #12, and Coco Crisp #4 celebrate defeating the Texas Rangers 7 to 1 at O.co Coliseum on June 7, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Athletics Vs. Rangers: Oakland Takes 3 Of 4 From Texas

The Athletics hosted a big four-game series against the Rangers at O.co Coliseum. The A's managed to gain some ground in the division.

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Athletics Vs. Rangers Final Score: Yoenis Cespedes Leaves Game With Injury, Oakland Takes Series With 7-1 Win

The Oakland Athletics managed to pick up a huge series win on Thursday, as they had a dominating 7-1 victory over the Texas Rangers to take three of four from their division rivals.

The Rangers looked largely punchless as they continued their underwhelming play as of late. The A's got on the board in the bottom of the first as Seth Smith drove in Jemile Weeks with an RBI single. Yoenis Cespedes left the game after the play, injuring his hamstring going first-to-third. The Athletics have officially listed Cespedes as day-to-day. They can ill afford to have their center fielder go back on the disabled list so soon after coming off it.

Coco Crisp hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning to put the A's up 2-0. The Rangers cut the lead in half with an RBI single by Adrian Beltre in the top of the third, but 2-1 would be as close as Texas would get. The A's immediately hung a crooked number in the bottom of the frame, pushing four runs across on a Cliff Pennington sac fly and a bases-clearing triple by Crisp. New callup Brandon Moss hit a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh to make it 7-1.

Brandon McCarthy picked up his fifth win of the season by going seven innings and allowing just three hits and no walks.

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Athletics Vs. Rangers Final Score: Bartolo Colon Helps Oakland Shut Out Texas, 2-0

The Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers on Wednesday by a final score of 2-0. The game featured a gem of a start by Bartolo Colon and ensured the A's would manage at least a series split in the four-game set.

Brandon Inge hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning to get the A's on the board. Yoenis Cespedes contributed an RBI single of his own in the bottom of the fourth. Although that finished up the entirety of the scoring, Colon and Brian Fuentes were able to make that hold up just fine.

Colon returned to form after a string of less-than-impressive starts, picking up his fifth win of the season on eight innings of shutout baseball. He struck out five while allowing one walk and five hits. Fuentes pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save and completed the shutout.

Cespedes was 3-for-3 in the game and comprised half of the six A's hits. He was a home run short of hitting for the cycle.

The A's will be attempting to capture the series with a win on Thursday afternoon.

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Oakland Athletics Designate Kila Ka'aihue For Assignment

While the Oakland Athletics have not been producing consistent offense more or less up and down the lineup -- with the exceptions of Josh Reddick and, once in a while, Yoenis Cespedes -- the team is apparently prepared to shake things up just a third of the way through the season.

Jane Lee at MLBlogs Network reports that the A's have designated Kila Ka'aihue for assignment and will recall Brandon Moss from Triple-A Sacramento. Moss has 15 homers in the minors this season and was hitting .286. He's been told he'll be playing first base with the A's, which effectively gives him Ka'aihue's roster spot. Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation has more on the DFA move.

The A's also placed Andrew Carignan on the 15-day disabled list with s sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The A's called up right-handed reliever Evan Scribner in an accompanying roster move.

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Athletics Vs. Rangers Final Score: Oakland Falls To Texas, 6-3

One night after Jarrod Parker nearly no-hit the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics put up a dozen runs in a decisive victory, the hometown team was not so lucky. The A's dropped Tuesday night's game by a final score of 6-3 ad the Rangers evened up their current four-game series at one win apiece.

The Rangers got on top early, putting up three runs in the top of the third on RBI doubles by Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton. Yorvit Torrealba made it 4-0 Rangers with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth and the visitors stretched it all the way out to 5-0 in the top of the fifth on an RBI triple by Michael Young.

Collin Cowgill hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to get the A's on the board and Yoenis Cespedes closed the gap to 5-3 by leading off the bottom of the sixth with his sixth home run of the season. Elvis Andrus hit an RBI single in the top of the ninth and the A's went quietly in the bottom half of the frame.

Cespedes and Kurt Suzuki each had two hits in the game.

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Athletics Vs. Rangers Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The Athletics kick off a big four-game series against the Rangers on Monday. The A's are trying to gain ground in the division.

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