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2nd place slipping
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Rangers 8, Athletics 4
A's shortstop Bobby Crosby tags out Frank Catalanotto. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
The A's hold on second place in the American League West is slipping. Even though the A's tallied 11 hits, nine of them went for singles as the surging Rangers moved within a half-game in the standings. Eric Chavez had three hits for Oakland and three more players, including Travis Buck, had two hits apiece.
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Series at a glance:
OAK
Oakland (29-27)
Lost 4
Texas 8, Oakland 4   TEX
Texas (29-28)
Won 2
May 31, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0   4 11 0
Texas
1 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 X   8 14 0
Standings thru 5/31/08  |  Recap: OAK | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Athletics stats  |  Rangers stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Hannahan, 1B4012010.233
Crosby, SS4000023.259
Cust, DH4000010.248
Chavez, 3B4130000.333
Brown, E, LF4110002.255
Ellis, 2B4120001.240
Buck, RF4022002.164
Gonzalez, C, CF4000003.286
Suzuki, C4120000.251
Totals3641140411 

BATTING
2B: Chavez (1, Ponson), Hannahan (8, Ponson).
TB: Hannahan 2; Chavez 4; Brown, E; Ellis 2; Buck 2; Suzuki 2.
RBI: Buck 2 (8), Hannahan 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Hannahan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Crosby 2; Ellis; Buck.
SF: Hannahan.
GIDP: Gonzalez, C.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Buck (Catalanotto at 2nd base).
Pickoffs: Ziegler (Kinsler at 1st base).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kinsler, 2B5132001.300
Young, SS4231002.290
Hamilton, CF4113001.326
Bradley, DH4000001.320
Murphy, RF4000001.283
Laird, C4220000.270
Catalanotto, 1B4231000.299
Boggs, LF3011101.276
Vazquez, 3B4010004.330
Totals3681481011 

BATTING
2B: Kinsler (14, Blanton), Vazquez (10, Blanton), Laird (6, Gaudin), Catalanotto (12, Gaudin).
3B: Young (1, Blanton).
HR: Hamilton (14, 5th inning off Blanton, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Kinsler 4; Young 5; Hamilton 4; Laird 3; Catalanotto 4; Boggs; Vazquez 2.
RBI: Hamilton 3 (61), Boggs (17), Kinsler 2 (34), Young (25), Catalanotto (8).
2-out RBI: Kinsler 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young; Kinsler.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
PO: Kinsler (1st base by Ziegler).

FIELDING
DP: (Kinsler-Young-Catalanotto).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (L, 3-7)6.010661014.27
Gaudin 1.23220003.74
Ziegler 0.11000000.00
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ponson (W, 4-1)7.09440403.83
Guardado (H, 5)0.11000002.93
Benoit (H, 10)0.21000004.39
Wright 1.00000002.97

Pitches-strikes: Blanton 95-60, Gaudin 28-20, Ziegler 5-3, Ponson 101-70, Guardado 7-6, Benoit 7-6, Wright 11-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 6-11, Gaudin 3-2, Ziegler 0-0, Ponson 11-6, Guardado 0-1, Benoit 0-2, Wright 2-1.
Batters faced: Blanton 28, Gaudin 8, Ziegler 1, Ponson 29, Guardado 2, Benoit 3, Wright 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Ziegler 1-1, Benoit 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Kellogg. 1B: Mark Wegner. 2B: Chad Fairchild. 3B: Paul Emmel.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:21.
Att: 36,798.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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