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The Oakland Athletics are taking all of the drama out of the AL West race. Despite losing their scheduled starting pitcher an hour before the first pitch Sunday, along with slugger Yoenis Cespedes, they completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 5-1 victory. The A’s lead the Rangers by 6 1/2 games after winning five straight and 13 of 16 overall.
Taking over at the last moment because Jarrod Parker was scratched with an illness, left-hander Tommy Millone allowed a run and struck out five in his five-inning emergency stint. Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick contributed a home run with Cespedes on the bench because of a sore shoulder. He’ll get an MRI on Monday, A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
The Rangers have dropped sbobet six straight, all at home, for their first winless homestand of that length since they moved to Texas in 1972.