Haren looks to extend his league-best winning streak to eight decisions and help the Athletics bounce back from their first loss in eight games when they finish a three-game set against the Cleveland Indians.
Haren is 7-0 with a 3.81 ERA in his last 11 starts to boast the longest active winning streak in the league. The Athletics have won all 11 of those games, averaging 7.6 runs.
Acquired in the offseason trade that sent left-hander Mark Mulder to St. Louis, Haren hasn’t lost since May 26 when he fell to 1-7 for the season after a 2-1 defeat to Tampa Bay.
The 24-year-old right-hander was not in his best form on Friday, but still posted the win in an 11-10 triumph for Oakland over Texas. He gave up six runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings after not getting a decision in his three previous starts in July, all extra-inning victories for Oakland.
The A’s hope to get their offense back on track after a 2-0 loss to the Indians on Tuesday. They managed just four hits after pounding out 14 in a 13-4 win on Monday.
Oakland was trying to match their longest winning streak of the season, but instead fell out of the AL wild-card lead after briefly going ahead with Monday’s victory. Oakland lost for only the third time in 13 games since the All-Star break.
“You can’t be perfect every night,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “It’s not that easy.”
Grady Sizemore homered and Jake Westbrook threw seven strong innings for Cleveland, which was forced to place slugger Travis Hafner on the disabled list Tuesday. The designated hitter has missed 10 games due to the effects of a concussion after getting hit by a pitch in a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on July 16.
“We’re optimistic we’ll have him back as soon as possible,” trainer Lonnie Soloff said. “It’s strange in the sense that the only thing that heals it is time. That’s why it’s so frustrating for him.”