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Oakland As at Texas Rangers

The Rangers are slight favorites over the A’s tonight even though Oakland has owned them at in Texas lately and they have a hurler making his first start of the season.

Oakland A’s (18-15) at Texas Rangers (18-15)

Bovada has a moneyline with the Rangers the favorites posted at -125 with the A’s at +105 with a run total of 9.

Both of these teams are tied for first place in the non-so strong AL West. Oakland won last night’s game, has won three straight, and are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Even though Texas dropped their last game they are still 7-3 in their last 10 games.

This season the Texas is 11-7 at home and the Oakland is 5-8 on the road.

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The A’s won the opening game of this three game series yesterday 7-6 in 13 innings.

Oakland has won six straight games at Texas and this season has already beaten them three out of four times.

Taking the mound for Texas tonight is Derek Holland (0-0 0.00 ERA), who is making his first start of the season after starting the season in the minors. On the hill for Oakland tonight is Gio Gonzalez (3-2 3.53 ERA), who in his last start gave up three earned runs in 7 innings in a loss.

Holland was a rookie last season and went 8-13 with an ERA of 6.12, but ended the season slumping losing six of his last seven starts.

Gonzalez has only pitched nine innings in his career against Texas, but he has yet to allow an earned run against them.

Dating back to last season the A’s are 2-6 in Gonzalez’s last eight starts against teams with a winning record and the Rangers are 1-6 in Holland’s last seven starts.

Both teams have mediocre offenses so far this season, but each are winning because of their pitching, as the Rangers have the fifth best ERA in the AL and A's rank sixth.

Both teams are winning with pitching, as Texas has the 5th best team ERA in the AL and Oakland is right behind them ranked 6th.

Oakland is 5-1 in their last six games, but is only 2-7 in their last nine road games.

In the series finale tomorrow afternoon C.J. Wilson (3-1 1.51 ERA) is slated to start for Texas and Ben Sheets (2-3 6.38 ERA) is slated to start for Oakland.