Oakland (50-45) at Texas (48-46)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 22, 2005
  • TV: KDFI
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Unbeaten for nearly two months, Danny Haren has played a significant role in the Oakland Athletics’ emergence in the AL playoff race.

The right-hander will try to win his seventh straight decision when the surging A’s continue their four-game series with the Texas Rangers at Ameriquest Field.

Haren, who came to the A’s in the trade that sent left-hander Mark Mulder to St. Louis this past offseason, opened the year 1-7 after a 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay on May 26. However, he has since gone 6-0 in 10 outings, with Oakland winning each of his starts during that stretch.

Haren has not received a decision in any of his last three appearances, including Oakland’s 5-4, 14-inning win over Texas on Sunday. He allowed three runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings, striking out six and walking two.

Rangers right-hander Chris Young gave up two runs and five hits over six solid innings in Sunday’s matchup with Haren, but remained winless in his last three outings.

The two will square off again Friday.

The A’s continued their surprising climb back into contention with a series-opening 6-4 win on Thursday.

Nick Swisher drove in three runs and scored another, and Jay Payton hit a slow chopper through the left side of the infield for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Oakland overcame an early 3-0 deficit for its 19th win in 24 games.

It was the fourth time the A’s beat the slumping Rangers in five meetings since the All-Star break. Oakland has used that run to move ahead of Texas and into second place in the AL West.

Texas starter Kenny Rogers did not receive a decision Thursday after allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings.

The 40-year-old left-hander will go before commissioner Bud Selig in Milwaukee on Friday to appeal his 20-game suspension for shoving two cameramen. If no decision is made by Monday, the Rangers could try starting Rogers that night on three days’ rest, even though he threw 107 pitches Thursday.

However, even if Selig rules Tuesday, the players association could drag things out longer by taking the case to an arbitrator over the fact that Selig issued the penalty instead of baseball’s head disciplinarian, Bob Watson.

The Rangers have lost six of eight since the All-Star break.

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Starting Pitchers

D. Haren CHC vs. C. Young KC
14-12 Record 12-7
3.73 ERA 4.26
163 K 137
53 BB 45
1.22 WHIP 1.26