W2W4: Rangers vs. Oakland

June, 4, 2012
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers and Oakland A's begin a four-game series tonight. It's the first time the Rangers have visited the Coliseum this season. A few things to watch:

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* Scott Feldman. He remains in the rotation and says he isn't worried about Roy Oswalt or anything else. His job is to keep the Rangers in the game and see if he can get past the five-inning barrier. Feldman believes that with each start -- and each chance to get on a regular routine between starts -- he can build that innings count. In two of his starts, Feldman has gone 4 2/3 innings because of Adrian Beltre errors. Both errors came with two outs and ended Feldman's outings.

* Elvis Andrus. The shortstop bounced back Sunday and played one of his better games of the season, making highlight-reel plays and producing clutch hits. We'll see if it's something he can build on and turn into another extended run of solid play (like he did earlier in the season).

* Opportunity. Texas is catching Oakland as the A's are in the midst of big struggles. Their lineup just can't produce runs. Oakland is 29th in the majors in runs and has been shut out 11 times in its first 54 games. It's the first time a team has been shut out that many times in the first 54 games since the 1954 Pirates and the first AL team to do it since the 1917 (Elias Sports Bureau). Oakland has lost 10 of its last 11 games.

* Josh Reddick. He leads Oakland in basically every offensive category. Reddick is batting .271 with 14 homers and 29 RBIs. To illustrate Oakland's offensive woes, Josh Hamilton just won player of the month for May with 12 homers and 32 RBIs. For the month.

* Adrian Beltre. He's in a bit of a slump the past few games and will try to reverse his fortunes in Oakland this week. Beltre was 0-for-7 with five strikeouts the final two games of the Angels series and 2-for-11 overall.

* Nelson Cruz. He's streaky and that monster home run Sunday was his fourth homer in his last nine games. It's not easy to hit them out in Oakland, but Cruz is certainly crushing mistakes right now.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.323 17 69 68
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 69
RA. Beltre 68
OPSA. Beltre .874
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182