Posted August 10, 2012 on athletics.scout.com
Coming off of a tough, but ultimately successful series against the hard-hitting Los Angeles Angels, the Oakland A's take on another steep challenge in the form of the powerful Chicago White Sox. Can the A's pitchers limit the homer-happy Sox or will they succumb to the hitter-friendly US Cellular Field? Chris Biderman previews the series.
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