Mulder, 10-4 with a 3.26 ERA, can join Toronto’s Roy Halladay as the second 11-game winner in the AL. The talented southpaw’s 10 wins tie him with three other AL pitchers, including Chicago’s Esteban Loaiza, who pitches against Minnesota on Tuesday.
Mulder became the fastest A’s pitcher to reach 10 wins since Bob Welch got his 10th on June 15, 1990. He is 8-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 14 career starts against Texas, and dominated the Rangers in his last start, holding them to two runs and 10 hits in seven innings of a 9-2 win on Thursday.
“You want to be in those situations,” said Hatteberg, who is batting .474 against the Rangers this season. “He’s a great pitcher, he was throwing hard. I looked up and he was throwing 97. I knew that’s what he was going to try and get me out with.”
Texas has lost eight straight and 20 of its last 22. It’s the Rangers worst stretch since going 2-21 in September 1972. Earlier this season, Texas lost nine in a row from May 30-June 8.
Oakland has won nine of its last 10 to move within five games of the first- place Seattle Mariners in the AL West.
STANDINGS: Athletics - 2nd place, 5 GB, AL West. Rangers - 4th place, 22 GB, AL West.
ATHLETICS PROBABLE STARTER: Mulder (10-4, 3.26 ERA). Mulder has tossed five complete games to tie him with Chicago’s Bartolo Colon for the major league lead.
RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Mario Ramos (0-1, 9.82 ERA). Ramos made his major league debut against the A’s on Thursday. The 25-year-old left-hander went 3 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits in the 9-2 loss to Oakland.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Athletics - Eric Byrnes, .327 avg., 44 runs and 7 SBs.; Miguel Tejada, 14 HRs and 49 RBIs. Rangers - Hank Blalock, .335 avg.; Alex Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez, 18 HRs; Gonzalez, 50 RBIs; Carl Everett, 51 runs; Rodriguez, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Athletics, 8-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Athletics - OF Byrnes has scored 13 runs over the last 10 games. … Oakland has used the disabled list only three times this season and currently has only one player on the DL, LHP Micah Bowie. … RHP Keith Foulke converted his 20th save of the season on Monday. It’s his third season with at least 20 saves. Rangers - SS Rodriguez is batting .257 (9-for-35) with one home run and 11 strikeouts in his career against LHP Mulder. … RHP Urbina has blown three of his four save opportunities in June, with two coming against Oakland. … OF Everett is 3-for-19 lifetime against Mulder. However, all three of his hits have been home runs.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Athletics - 16-19 on the road; Rangers - 16-22 at home.
INJURIES: Athletics - LHP Bowie (elbow), 15-day DL. Rangers - INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL.