Count the A’s among this year’s surprise teams. While Oakland doesn’t figure to push the Astros for the division title, it is playing some of its best baseball in years.
When the A’s took two of three games from the Cleveland Indians over the weekend, it was their six series win in their last seven and pushed their record to a season-best 10 games over .500. They hadn’t reached that standard since 2014.
“Right now we’re just playing,” manager said. “I don’t think we really care who we play.”
❚ The A’s were encouraged by left-hander first start in nearly two months. He blanked the Indians on three hits in five innings July 8 after recovering from a strained shoulder.
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❚ Right-hander sidelined by a forearm strain through April and May, is back on the disabled list, this time because of a tender elbow.