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TEX@SEA: Feldman strikes out the side in the fifth

A's southpaw Tommy Milone has been nothing short of great when pitching in Oakland, but once he gets away from the Coliseum, he's struggled mightily.

In road games, Milone is just 6-6 with a 5.17 ERA and he will take the mound for the Athletics against the Rangers at hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark on Tuesday, looking to even up the series.

A win would go a long way for the A's, closing the gap back to four games in the American League West. A loss, however, would push the deficit to six. With six games remaining against Texas, Oakland manager Bob Melvin still believes his team can come out on top of the standings.

"Not only us, but everyone looks to try to win their division," Melvin said. "This is a team that's won it two years in a row and is a very good club. We're looking forward to the challenge that this series gives us."

Though Milone has pitched well recently -- winning two of his last three starts and allowing three or fewer runs in each -- he'll have a tough task.

The Rangers made a late move to scratch Yu Darvish because of neck stiffness. Scott Feldman gets the emergency start for Texas.

Athletics: Pinkeye continues to sideline Crisp
A bout with pinkeye has kept leadoff man Coco Crisp on the bench for all but four innings in the last eight games, and it forced him to miss Monday's opener.

Crisp, who has seen three specialists for a diagnosis, has been sorely missed from the Oakland lineup, which has gone just 2-5 in his absence, fighting for a shot at the postseason.

It's still unsure when he'll be able to return to lineup, and Melvin said it was "no better today" on Monday.

"He is integral for us, and we look forward to getting him back as soon as possible," Melvin said. "He does a lot of things for us -- plays a terrific center field, he's our runner on the bases, he's our igniter, he hits good pitching, he's a really good player for us, so we miss him. But like anything else, if one of our guys is out for awhile, someone else has to pick him up."

Rangers: Hamilton back in lineup
Josh Hamilton can finally see clearly now.

The center fielder was back in the lineup Monday, batting third, after missing five straight games because of ocular keratitis, which impacts the cornea and vision.

Caffeine, energy drinks and medications all contributed to the problem, but Hamilton said he's feeling much better after working out Sunday at Rangers Ballpark.

"My vision was great. ... It wasn't impacting my vision, it was impacting my ability to play," Hamilton said. "I came out yesterday and everything was fine. I hit, ran around in center field and everything went good. I'm back to normal."

Hamilton went 1-for-3 with a homer, a pair of walks and two runs in the series opener against the A's.

Worth noting
• A's outfielder Josh Reddick went 0-for-3 Monday and is hitless in his last 27 at-bats.

• Rangers relievers Tanner Scheppers, Roy Oswalt and Robbie Ross have fully recovered from their injuries, giving Texas a fully stocked bullpen.

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