Back in April the Rays crushed the A's in three straight games outscoring Oakland 17-4 in the process. Cut to four months later: And it's the A's taking three in a row to split the season series which could prove important a month from now.
The A's topped Tampa Bay 5-1 and moved one game behind Texas in the AL West and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the race for the American League's top wild-card spot. The Rangers come into Oakland for a three-game series that starts with a Labor Day afternoon game.
"This is what we look forward to a chance to control our own destiny and get where we want to be - and that's to win the division" A's third baseman Josh Donaldson said.
"Texas probably brings it to another level based on the rivalry we have going with them from last year" A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They're a game up on us right now. That's the one that probably piques more people's interest."
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