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Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels, MLB Schedule Preview: A's, Angels Battle For Divisional Position

The Oakland Athletics head down to Anaheim to face the Los Angeles of said Anaheim in an important three game series. It's hard to describe much of anything as "important" when you've only played 13.5% of the season. However, given how close the AL West race could be in late September, every divisional game is important.  Games may "feel" more important in September, but every game is worth the same amount, whether it's game 33 or game 162.

The series features some quality pitching, although it remains to be seen how the A's current fifth starter, Tyson Ross will fare against one of the two Angels aces, Dan Haren. In looking over the matchups, I would not be stunned to see the A's only win one of three, as Weaver and Haren have a likely advantage in their matchups. Oakland's offense has been strong the last two games, but it's one thing to do that against the likes of Doug Fister and Jason Vargas. As the A's showed the previous two nights, it's entirely different against dominant pitchers like Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda. It will be interesting to see if the A's are able to continue their strong showing against the likes of Weaver and Haren. That would be a true test of the where the A's offense stands.

All three A's-Angels games will be on TV, with the Wednesday late afternoon game featured on ESPN. The TV schedule for this weekend is as follows (all times pacific):

Monday - 7:05pm, CSN California
Tuesday - 7:05pm, CSN California
Wednesday - 4:05pm, CSN California/ESPN

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3 game series vs Angels @ Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Oakland Athletics
@ Los Angeles Angels

Monday, Apr 25, 2011, 7:05 PM PDT
Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Gio Gonzalez vs Jered Weaver

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Tue 04/26 - Brandon McCarthy vs. Tyler Chatwood 7:05 PM PDT
Wed 04/27 - Tyson Ross vs. Dan Haren 4:05 PM PDT