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OAKLAND Josh Reddick Jersey , Calif. — The Oakland Athletics will seek to surpass 200 home runs for the sixth time in franchise history Sunday afternoon when they complete what has been a high-scoring, three-game series against the Texas Rangers.Khris Davis, Chad Pinder and Matt Olson increased the A’s season total to 198 homers in Saturday’s 8-6 victory over the Rangers, one day after Ramon Laureano (two) and Marcus Semien had combined for three in an 8-4 victory in the series opener.With 19 games remaining, the A’s are on pace for 224 homers. The franchise record is 243, set in 1996.Article continues below ...They are tied for second in the majors in home runs with the Los Angeles Dodgers (198), well behind the New York Yankees (232).The A’s have hammered Rangers pitching at both ends of their last two meetings, with Laureano leading off the first with a homer Friday night, before Olson connected to break a 6-6 tie in Oakland’s last at-bat, in the bottom of the eighth, on Saturday.Davis’ homer Saturday was his 10th of the season against Texas.The man given the task of keeping the ball in the ballpark Sunday will be Rangers right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-4, 6.00 ERA) Tyler Clippard Jersey , who did just that when he went 5 2/3 innings against the A’s in Texas on Aug. 21 in his only appearance versus Oakland.Unfortunately for Jurado, the A’s managed 10 hits in his stint, taking a 4-0 lead they eventually turned into a 6-0 victory.Jurado has allowed six homers in seven starts this season, with four of them coming in the same game against the Yankees on Aug. 8.The Rangers kept pace with the A’s in the power game Saturday, with Adrian Beltre (two) and Jurickson Profar combining for three home runs.Team leader Joey Gallo belted his 35th on Friday.A’s right-hander Trevor Cahill (6-3, 3.60), who is scheduled to start the series finale, has served up seven homers in 18 starts.One of those seven was hit by Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor when the clubs met in Texas in April.Cahill also made a homerless start at Texas in July. He has given up eight runs and 11 hits in 10 innings in his two outings against the Rangers this season, going 1-0 with one no-decision in two A’s wins.The 30-year-old has an 11-4 record and 3.07 ERA in 19 career starts against Texas.Beltre has two career homers, along with a .371 average, against Cahill.His multiple-homer game Saturday was the 33rd of his career and ran his career total to 474, allowing him to pass Carlos Delgado for 32nd place on the major league list.Beltre’s next homer will move him into a tie for 30th with Willie Stargell and Stan Musial. After losing to the Red Sox 15-7 Thursday in Boston Marwin Gonzalez Jersey , the Yankees are 6.5 games back in the American League East. Their 68-39 record makes them a near-lock for a playoff berth, but they'd obviously prefer to win the division outright and avoid the crucible of the Wild Card Game.They also need to measure themselves against a Boston squad that, along with the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, will provide stiff October competition in the top-heavy Junior Circuit.Severino's struggles aren't the Yankees' only concern. Key offensive cogs Aaron Judge (wrist) and Gary Sanchez (groin) are on the disabled list.Meanwhile, left-hander J.A. Happ鈥攚hom New York acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline to shore up its rotation鈥攊s on the DL with hand, foot and mouth disease, per Miller.New York already lost left-hander Jordan Montgomery to Tommy John surgery. Veteran CC Sabathia is showing signs of wearing down with a 5.48 July ERA. Masahiro Tanaka is back and pitching well after missing time with a pair of strained hamstrings, but Sonny Gray owns a 5.56 ERA, was demoted to the bullpen and is embroiled in controversy.To put it simply: The Yankees need Severino to pitch like a Cy Young Award contender if they want to make a World Series run. And Friday's start against their archrivals would be an excellent time to begin.According to FanGraphs, Severino's velocity hasn't taken a significant dive. There is no talk of injury. Maybe his recent issues are an anomalous blip."He's still throwing hard, nothing looks fatigued with the arm or anything like that," a rival talent evaluator said http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-mike-trout-jersey , per Newsday's Erik Boland.On the other hand, despite his live arm and considerable talent, Severino posted a 5.83 ERA in 71 MLB innings as recently as 2016. He put up a 2.98 ERA with 230 strikeouts in a career-high 193.1 frames in 2017 and has made two straight All-Star teams.Still, it's fair to wonder if his ascent toward unambiguous No. 1 status has hit a snag. And, if so, whether it might derail New York's lofty postseason aspirations.Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesSure, the Yankees have ample young talent in the pipeline. Their window of contention is opening, not closing. They're also the Yankees, with 27 titles under their belts and the perennial expectation to win another one.The fact that they're locked in a divisional battle with the Red Sox only ratchets up the urgency.After contests against Boston on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Yankees will enter a soft portion of their schedule in which they'll play 24 of 27 games against teams that currently possess losing records. It's a chance to gain ground in the standings, but that shot will be diminished if Severino isn't pitching up to his potential.Even with a deep bullpen augmented by the deadline addition of Zach Britton and an offense that hopes to have Judge and Sanchez healthy for the playoffs Kole Calhoun Jersey , Severino may be the Yankees' key come October. You don'tneed a rotation-fronting horse to ride to a Commissioner's Trophy, but it sure helps."They all go through [struggles] in their careers," an unnamed scout said of Severino, per Boland. "[Chris] Sale, [Clayton] Kershaw, [Corey] Kluber. All the good ones do. To me, just a bump in the road."There are a lot of folks in the Bronx and beyond crossing their fingers and toes, hoping that's true.All statistics current as of Thursday and courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.
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