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Friday, July 25 (All times eastern)

Oakland Athletics (63-38) at Texas Rangers (40-62), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Jason Hammel (8-7, 3.35) Texas - Jerome Williams (1-4, 6.04)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Texas Rangers welcome the major league-leading Oakland Athletics to Globe Life Park in Arlington on Friday night for the opener of a three-game set between American League West foes.

Oakland's 63-38 record is the best in baseball, although the second-place Angels are just three games back. The A's are back on the road after winning consecutive home series this week against Baltimore and Houston.

Oakland's offense was firing on all cylinders during Thursday's 13-1 rout over the Astros. The A's out-hit Houston 14-6, and Brandon Moss belted his third grand slam of the season in the sixth inning to break open the game. Starter Jeff Samardzija went eight innings and yielded only a solo home run and five hits, while he struck out six and walked nobody.

The Rangers are at the bottom of the division standings at 40-62, with 23 1/2 games separating them from the A's. Most troubling, they have lost eight straight in Arlington for the first time since a nine-game slide during the 1990 season.

Texas is returning home from a 2-5 road trip against the Yankees and Blue Jays. The Rangers are coming off Thursday's 4-2 loss, their third straight to the Yanks. The offense mustered only five hits for the game, while starter Colby Lewis was dealt the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Rangers will call up newly acquired Jerome Williams from Triple-A to start the series opener. The right-hander is slotting into the rotation in place of Nick Tepesch, who was scratched for precautionary reasons after making a relief appearance on Tuesday. Williams was released by the Houston Astros earlier this month after posting a 6.04 ERA in 26 relief appearances.

"We signed him, he's ready to go. We'll take a look at him (Friday) and see if he can help us,'' manager Ron Washington said following Thursday's loss. "I know Jerome Williams, faced him enough times to know what he's capable of. When he's right, he can sink the ball pretty good. He can run it in on right- handers and has got a good breaking ball. So we'll see what he has to offer."

Jason Hammel has had a shaky start to his Athletics career since being traded from the Chicago Cubs along with Samardzija on July 4. Hammel was 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA at the time of the trade, but he has lost his first two starts with Oakland while turning in a 9.00 ERA. He lasted a season-low two innings against Baltimore on Saturday, as he was tagged for five runs on six hits to go along with a pair of walks.

After averaging less than two walks per nine innings in 17 starts with the Cubs, Hammel has walked five in just seven innings with the A's.

"I'm just not pitching like myself right now. I need to get back into what I do well, and that's fastball command and harnessing the slider," Hammel said after his last start. "This is one I have to go home and forget. I'll come back ... and go back to work."

The A's swept a three-game set against the Rangers in Oakland from April 21-23 and have won five of the last six head-to-head meetings.

07/25 11:07:28 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
2nd
UNCW 57
ECU 49
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
NYR 0
 
4th
CHA 86
UTA 71
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
Final
NYK 90
PHO 99
4th
NOP 67
POR 94
 
4th
CHA 86
UTA 71
 
2nd
HOU 31
ATL 43
 
1st
DAL 10
SAN 13
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
IND
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
MIL
Final
LALAF 16
NEV 3
Final
UTEP 6
UTST 21
Final
COLST 10
UTAH 45
4th
AFA 31
WMICH 17
 
9:15pm Tonight
BGU
SALABAMA
Final
GEOR 81
CHAR 78
Final
WKENT 67
LOU 76
Final
MICH 51
SMU 62
Final
CIN 47
VCU 68
Final
BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
Final
AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
Final
VT 64
CITA 61
Final
DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
Final
YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
Final
JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
Final
INDST 56
EILL 60
 
Final
BUT 73
IND 82
Final
STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
Final
OREG 83
DELST 70
 
Final
Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
Final
TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
Final
KU 96
LAF 69
Final
ARKST 67
MARS 58
Final
MEM 78
ORU 63
Final
KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
Final
NW 67
WMICH 61
Final
MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
Final
CHIST 77
STJOE 54
 
Final
KENT 83
UCLA 44
Final
COC 68
DAVID 80
Final
RIU 69
DET 55
Final
UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
Final
MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
Final
NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
WAGN 66
MON 74
 
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
PITT 81
OU 77
Final
TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
Final
WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
Final
AFA 75
UCD 81
Final
MSST 51
USCU 53
 
Final
JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
Final
TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
Final
DRAK 54
ISU 83
Final
SHU 73
UNH 60
 
Final
SCU 72
NE 78
 
Final
MSU 64
TXSOU 71
Final
UF 63
WAKE 50
Final
ND 94
PURD 63
Final
SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
Final
AUB 89
XAV 88
 
2nd
AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
2nd
DAY 64
BU 55
 
2nd
UNCW 57
ECU 49
 
2nd
CLMB 73
HOF 68
 
2nd
GMAS 70
IONA 62
 
2nd
TOWS 43
LAS 58
 
2nd
MAN 70
MRGST 68
 
2nd
CCST 74
YALE 83
 
2nd
PEPP 54
RICH 60
 
Final
MAR 58
STJOE 75
 
2nd
KYST 61
TEXAM 50
 
Final
MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
2nd
UMKC 63
INCWORD 62
 
2nd
IDST 44
CALST 48
 
2nd
NIOWA 35
IOWA 32
 
2nd
SIUE 31
UWMIL 35
 
1st
TEX 37
LBSU 27
 
1st
TCU 39
TXSA 26
 
1st
ARK 16
SEMIZ 10
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
JVST
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARST
LEH
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
NMU
 
9:00pm Tonight
WASH
OKLA
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
STED
 
9:00pm Tonight
WEBER
WLVRN
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
10:00pm Tonight
SDST
BST
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
CPSL
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
FRES
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
MNTST
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSNO
TAMCC
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
SDKST
 
11:00pm Tonight
BYU
STAN
11:30pm Tonight
UNLV
UTAH
Final
LOS 4
ARI 2
2nd Intermission
CLB 1
CHI 1
 
2nd Intermission
BUF 0
COL 2
 
2nd
PIT 2
FLA 1
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
NYR 0
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
OTT 1
 
2nd Intermission
TOR 3
PHI 5
 
2nd Intermission
NYI 0
TAM 0
 
2nd Intermission
NJD 0
WAS 2
 
1st Intermission
MIN 2
NAS 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
CAL
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
STL
Final
WAS 27
PHI 24
1st
SFX 7
SDC 0