No team has enjoyed the addition of the Houston Astros to the AL more than the Oakland Athletics.
The Athletics have won all nine meetings this year with their newest division rivals, and will likely again be without slugger Yoenis Cespedes in Monday night's opener of a three-game series in Houston.
Oakland (57-41) has outscored baseball's worst team 68-31 this year, and has won 11 straight in this series and 14 of 15 matchups all-time. Manager Bob Melvin isn't taking that success for granted.
"You can't just continue to throw your glove out there," Melvin told the Athletics' official website. "They've played well against some good teams this year, too, and they've made some changes along the way that have made them a better team."
The Athletics have dominated the Astros (33-64) even though Cespedes is 5 for 25 with no homers and seven strikeouts in the season series.
The slugger missed a weekend series in Anaheim due to a sore left wrist suffered in batting practice Friday. It...