The Oakland Athletics begin their first road of the post-All Star game campaign hoping to carry some positive momentum forward. The A's opened the second half with three wins in a four-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels. Although the A's actually lost a half game in the standings during the series, they were at least able to make a move in the right direction towards the .500 mark. The A's 2011 season has been filled with a variety of calamities and rather than worry about making the playoffs, it's all about baby steps towards respectability.
The A's get a pair of tough challenges this week as they play two games at the Detroit Tigers and three more at the New York Yankees. The Tigers currently sit a game back of the first place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central and are five games over .500. The A's and Tigers played a four game set in Oakland in April and split the set in a fairly even score with the A's outscoring the Tigers 15-14 over the course of the series.
The A's will send out recently recalled Guillermo Moscoso and Brandon McCarthy to face Rick Porcello and Jacob Turner in a pair of evening games. Moscoso sits at 3-4 with a 2.16 ERA and makes his first start for Oakland since July 6. He was sent down to Sacramento after the start primarily to get work in over the All Star break. He made one start, lasting six innings and giving up three runs, two earned. He'll look to continue his recent hot streak for the A's in which he's lowered his ERA from 3.91 to 2.16.
Both games will air at 4:05pm pacific time on CSN California.
2 game series vs Tigers @ Comerica Park
|Wed 07/20 - Brandon McCarthy vs. Jacob Turner||4:05 PM PDT|