After the Texas Rangers beat Oakland on June 30 to win the first three games of their series, the Athletics have seemed determined to turn their season around.
Now the A's are out to prove they're legitimate playoff contenders.
Oakland seeks to improve to 10-1 this month while Bartolo Colon looks to continue his dominance of visiting Texas in the opener of a two-game set Tuesday night.
The A's defeated the Rangers 3-1 to salvage the final game of their four-game series July 1, beginning a streak of nine wins over 10 games to become a part of a crowded AL wild-card race.
Yoenis Cespedes had a career-high four hits, drove in three runs and hit a solo homer as Oakland (46-43) defeated Minnesota 9-4 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Cespedes went 8 for 14 with two homers and six RBIs in the series for the A's, who will host the AL East-leading Yankees for four games following the brief visit from Texas.
"We have some tough teams coming in, no doubt," manager Bob Melvin tol...