Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/5/12
The A's had their five-series winning streak snapped when the Los Angeles Angels took the first two games of a three-game series at the Coliseum -- and this is just the start of a very challenging stretch for Oakland. After the series finale against Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oakland heads on the road to play 17 of the next 20 games, and the only opponent during that stretch not in contention is the Mariners. The A's head to Seattle on Friday, and they draw AL Cy Young Award front-runner Felix Hernandez in the opener. Still, Oakland is 76-59, tied with the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles for the second-best record in the league, and the A's hold a wild-card spot. During their nine-game winning streak, which the Angels ended Monday, the A's outscored opponents 72-22. The Angels have outscored Oakland 14-4 in the first two games at the Coliseum, including a 6-1 victory Tuesday. The Angels are creeping up on the A's; they are 3 1/2 games behind Oakland and they have won s...
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