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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, April 15th (All times Eastern)

Oakland Athletics (9-4) at LA Angels of Anaheim (6-7), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Dan Straily (1-1, 2.77) LA Angels - Garrett Richards (2-0, 0.75)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles right-hander Garrett Richards tries to continue his amazing start to the season on Tuesday, as he goes after his third straight win in the Angels' middle test of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium.

After beating Houston in his first start Richards was dominant in a win over Seattle on Wednesday, holding the Mariners to just one hit over seven scoreless innings. He also struck out three and walked three, as he saw his ERA dip to 0.75.

"Just from experience, I think the game has slowed down a little bit for me," Richards said. "It's basically come down to me just executing pitches."

Richards has faced Oakland eight times (4 starts) and is 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA.

Oakland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Dan Straily, who is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA. Straily beat the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, limiting them to a run and three hits over seven innings.

"I definitely didn't have my best stuff, but was able to mix speeds, mix locations and just keep them off-balance and from making good contact," Straily said. "Even when they did make good contact, it was right at our guys.

"I think it's part of learning from last year. On days I didn't have my best stuff and try to pitch like I did, it cost me. Going out there today, I realized pretty soon I didn't have my A-stuff today."

Straily is 1-3 in six starts versus the Angels with a 5.82 ERA.

Oakland won this opener in thrilling fashion on Monday, as a pinch-hitting John Jaso clubbed a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift the A's to a 3-2 win.

"(Ernesto Frieri) left a fastball right in the zone and Jaso didn't miss it," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

Luke Gregerson earned his second save with a 1-2-3 ninth that was not without a bit of controversy.

With one down, second baseman Nick Punto bobbled a Howie Kendrick grounder and fired to first base. Kendrick was called out on a very close play that was upheld by a video review.

Jim Johnson (1-2), who was removed from the closer's role, earned the win after pitching around a one-out double by Kole Calhoun in the bottom of the eighth.

The Athletics improved to 6-1 on their first road trip of the season.

Jesse Chavez tossed seven innings in the start for Oakland, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and recording nine strikeouts without any walks.

"I just tried to match the other guy," Chavez said.

Oakland has won 14 of the last 20 meetings at Angel Stadium. Overall, the A's have won the last four season series after going 11-8 against the Halos in 2013.

In celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, players from both teams will all wear No. 42.

04/15 11:00:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
Half
DUKE 30
UCONN 25
 
2nd
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 25
NOP 25
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
 
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
 
1st OT
CAN 58
USB 58
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
2nd
SDKST 56
IDST 60
 
2nd
RIDE 52
MRGST 40
 
2nd
LATU 74
NICST 52
 
2nd
CHAR 37
APP 37
 
2nd
MISS 38
CCAR 48
 
Half
DUKE 30
UCONN 25
 
2nd
BRAD 43
EUREK 26
 
2nd
PEAY 45
OAKC 29
 
Half
JST 38
SMISS 16
 
1st
SD 23
MNTST 23
 
1st
UAB 9
LSU 5
 
1st
EVAN 7
OHIO 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
CSDH
 
10:00pm Tonight
ORST
DEP
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
NEV
10:00pm Tonight
USF
PORST
 
10:00pm Tonight
IDAHO
WALLA
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
CALST
 
3rd
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 2
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
2nd
JAC 0
TEN 7