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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Tuesday when the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers meet at Rangers Ballpark.

The Athletics will give the ball to starter Daniel Straily in this one. Righthander Straily is 1-2 this season with a 7.27 ERA.

Straily's opponent in this one will be Yu Darvish. The Rangers righthander has a 2.97 ERA to go along with a 7-1 record this season.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 9-2 winner as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at +120 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Oakland has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Oakland: 24-22 SU
Texas: 29-16 SU

Oakland most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 7-3
After playing Texas are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Texas most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Oakland are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Oakland's last 24 games on the road
Texas is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Texas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas's last 10 games at home
Texas is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Oakland

Next up:
Texas home to Oakland, Wednesday, May 22