Texas (4-8) at Oakland (6-6)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Apr 16, 2006
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The Oakland Athletics’ offensive problems from last season have carried over to this year, but the offseason pickups of Frank Thomas and Milton Bradley have provided a needed boost in the last week.

Thomas and Bradley look to continue their strong series against the Texas Rangers when the teams meet for the third time in this four-game series.

The teams have split the first two games, with the Athletics winning 5-4 on Saturday. Eric Chavez, Thomas and Bradley homered on three straight pitches in the sixth inning off Vicente Padilla. For Thomas, it was his 451st career home run and second in consecutive nights.

Bradley has also hit home runs in back-to-back games, with Saturday’s shot coming on his birthday.

“I just thought it would be kind of cool if I hit one out, too,” Bradley said. “Boom, boom, boom, jump on them like that. We knocked their starter out of the game. He had been pitching well. … We didn’t give him a chance to blink, catch his breath—one pitch out, another pitch out.”

Both players were picked up by Oakland after injuries limited their playing time in 2005. Bradley’s surgery to repair a tendon in his left knee limited him to 85 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Thomas re-fractured his surgically-repaired foot just two months into the season.

Despite Saturday’s slugfest, Oakland continues to struggle at the plate. Only three starters—including Bradley at .333—are batting better than .250. Thomas is batting .189.

The A’s (6-6) look for Dan Haren to give the team back-to-back wins after a four-game losing streak. Haren is 0-1 in two starts, giving up 11 runs on 16 hits—four of them home runs—in 12 innings.

With both Ian Kinsler (dislocated thumb) and Mark DeRosa (strained left ankle) injured, D’Angelo Jimenez has taken over at second base for the Rangers. He has two hits in his last three games with three RBIs.

“I feel good at the plate,” said Jimenez, who was the Cincinnati Reds’ starting second baseman in 2004. “I have to get used to playing every day again, but I feel better every day. I’m excited. I’m playing like I used to play.”

Jimenez is 2-for-4 lifetime against Haren with two strikeouts.

The Rangers (4-8) send Kameron Loe to the mound. Loe spent most of last season as a reliever before making the Rangers’ rotation during spring training this year.

The 24-year-old right-hander struggled in Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Angels, giving up five runs in the first three innings.

He was 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in four appearances against the Athletics last season, three of them coming in relief.

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K. Loe Ari vs. D. Haren ChC
3-6 Record 14-13
5.86 ERA 4.12
34 K 176
22 BB 45
1.62 WHIP 1.21