Posted August 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
On the heels of a record-setting July, the Oakland Athletics have hit a snag. The Athletics look to avoid a third straight defeat Thursday night when they host the Toronto Blue Jays, who are at risk of matching their longest losing streak of the season. Oakland (56-48) went a franchise-best 19-5 in July but ended the month with an 8-0 loss to Tampa Bay, then opened August by falling 4-1 to the Rays on Wednesday. "We have to move forward," manager Bob Melvin said. "We're going through a rough patch. We'll be fine." Owners of the final wild-card spot in the AL, the A's hadn't dropped two straight since a three-game skid June 28-30. They now look to avoid losing three in a row at home for the first time since a season-high five-game losing streak there May 22-27. Oakland is hitting .170 over its past four games, losing three, while getting held to six runs and striking out 53 times. "I think we all know the game has its ups and downs and we just have to stick with it," said third...
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