Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/17/13
The Oakland Athletics have taken control of the AL West in part because of the Texas Rangers' struggles on their longest homestand of the season. The A's will try to add to those woes while padding their advantage in a four-game series that begins Monday night. Oakland trailed by one game in the division after Texas won the opener of an 11-game homestand last Monday. The Rangers (38-31) haven't recorded a victory since, and the A's (42-29) have moved three games ahead. Texas has been outscored 34-8 in its first six-game losing streak since April 15-21, 2010, and its longest at home since a seven-game skid July 20-Aug. 3, 2005. The Rangers didn't get on the scoreboard until the ninth inning in Sunday's 7-2 loss to Toronto. Nelson Cruz is 4 for 18 during the skid and Elvis Andrus is 3 for 20. "We're not the first team to lose six in a row and we probably won't be the last," manager Ron Washington said. "We're tough enough to make it through this challenge." Facing Dan Straily (4...
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