May 13, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52, center) is congratulated by right fielder Brandon Moss (37, right) after hitting a solo home run as Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto (8, left) reacts during the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

A’s Look To Extend Home Dominance Over Rangers: Game Preview


After jumping out to a 3-0 start with a 2.42 ERA, Bartolo Colon has faltered a bit as the Oakland Athletics have lost in his two most recent outings, and the right-hander will try to bounce back against Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers tonight in the second matchup of a three-game series.

The A’s are currently five games back of the Rangers in the AL West, and they’ll try to make it 10 wins in their past 12 games at home against their division rivals Tuesday. Oakland won 5-1 Monday night in the series opener.

Holland has been pitching well for Texas as of late, and he’ll have to contend with an Oakland offense that seemed to find comfort in their home ballpark, hitting two home runs in last night’s victory. The left-hander is 4-2 with a 2.64 ERA against the A’s in his career, although his last appearance in Northern California was on the final day of regulation last season, when he pitched in relief in a game that Oakland would go on to win 12-5 to claim the division title.

One player he’ll have to watch out for is Josh Donaldson, who will be batting cleanup tonight behind Yoenis Cespedes. Donaldson has been a nice surprise for Bob Melvin on offense, and he’s sporting a .299 batting average with 25 RBIs, 5 home runs and an .874 OPS as the everyday third basemen.

The infield will look slightly different tonight as Jed Lowrie will shift over to second base with Adam Rosales in the lineup at shortstop. Cespedes is back in action after leaving the game early last night with an upset stomach, and Michael Taylor will get his sixth start of the season in right field.

The A’s are in the same position they were after 40 games last season at 20-20, and they’ll look forward to the return of Coco Crisp, who is scheduled to return to action tomorrow after straining his left hamstring two weeks ago against the Los Angeles Angels.

Game time tonight is set for 7:05 PST.

 

LINEUPS

Oakland Athletics

1. A. Rosales SS

2. J. Lowrie 2B

3. Y. Cespedes CF

4. J. Donaldson 3B

5. D. Norris C

6. L. Montz DH

7. S. Smith LF

8. N. Freiman 1B

9. M. Taylor

 

Texas Rangers

1. I. Kinsler 2B

2. E. Andrus SS

3. L. Berkman DH

4. A. Beltre 3B

5. N. Cruz RF

6. M. Moreland 1B

7. G. Soto C

8. D. Murphy LF

9. L. Martin CF

 

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