Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/8/13
The Oakland Athletics' hitters haven't enjoyed much success since last week's meeting with scuffling Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers. Seeking to stay in first place in the AL West, the A's will try to use another matchup with Rogers to get back on track Friday night. Oakland (64-49) had a six-game division lead after a 9-4 win over Toronto and Rogers on July 29, but that's evaporated during a 1-6 stretch. The A's dropped into a tie with Texas after their third straight loss Wednesday, 6-5 in Cincinnati. There was, however, some improvement from their hitters. Oakland had 11 hits after batting .201 in its previous six games and was 4 for 9 with runners in scoring position after going 4 for 42 in the prior six. "We had some of our best at-bats we've had in a while," manager Bob Melvin told the team's website. "So you try to take something positive from that." The A's, who have had at least a share of the division lead since July 2, haven't lost four straight since a s...
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