The Oakland Athletics will be out to avoid their first four-game losing streak in more than three months but have to face one of baseball's top pitchers.
The visiting Athletics have a quality pitcher of their own on the mound Friday night, having unbeaten rookie A.J. Griffin match up with Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the opener of a three-game set.
Oakland (76-60) holds one of the AL's wild-card spots, but the Angels moved within 2 1/2 games of their division rivals by sweeping three games this week. The Athletics, who haven't lost four in a row since a nine-game slide May 22-June 1, had won a season-high nine straight before the series with Los Angeles.
Now Oakland will try to regroup on a seven-game trip. The Athletics are trying to win seven in a row on the road for the first time since 2005.
"We're not afraid to play on the road," manager Bob Melvin told the team's official website. "We've had some success on the road. I don't think that's something we're looking ...