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Athletics Vs. Rangers Series Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Texas Rangers begin a crucial four-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday in Arlington.

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 05: Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on June 5, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 05: Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on June 5, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Texas Rangers avoided a sweep on Sunday, winning the final game of a three game series against the Seattle Mariners and maintaining a four-game lead over the Oakland A's in the A.L. West. The two teams now meet for a crucial four-game series, starting Monday evening in Arlington.

Oakland is coming off two disappointing series, winning just two of six games in Detroit and New York and failing to capitalize on the Rangers struggles the past week.

The Rangers still own the best record in baseball but could continue to be without Josh Hamilton, with manager Ron Washington stating Sunday he was hopeful the MVP candidate would play against Oakland

Probable pitchers for the series:

Sept. 24: LHP Derek Holland (11-6, 4.42 ERA) takes the mound against RHP Dan Straily (2-1, 4.13 ERA) to kick off the series. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT, with coverage on FSSW and ESPN Radio.

Sept. 25: RHP Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90) faces LHP Tommy Milone (13-10, 3.86) on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT, with coverage on FSSW and ESPN Radio.

Sept. 26: LHP Martin Perez (1-2, 3.78) takes on RHP Jarrod Parker (11-8, 3.40) on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT, with coverage on FSSW and ESPN Radio.

Sept. 27: LHP Matt Harrison (17-10, 3.17) squares off against LHP Travis Blackley (5-3, 3.48) on Thursday. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. CT, with coverage on FSSW and ESPN Radio.

For more on the Texas Rangers, be sure to check out Lone Star Ball. For more on the Athletics, head over to Athletics Nation.

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