May 12, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder David Murphy (middle) is congratulated by Mitch Moreland (left) and Robinson Chirinos (right) after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Sweep Astros, Look Toward A's, Tigers


The Texas Rangers finished off their second-consecutive weekend sweep as they beat the Houston Astros Sunday.

That series sweep comes after the Rangers swept the Boston Red Sox the previous weekend.

Texas, (24-13, 1st in AL West), post the best record in baseball. Now, they look forward to facing the Oakland Athletics and hosting the Detroit Tigers this week.

Texas got their bats working again in Houston. Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland continued to swing a white-hot bat. David Murphy, Leonys Martin and even Leury Garcia got involved last weekend.

Texas outscored the Astros 24-16 in their three-game series. Most of Houston’s runs came after the game was out of reach.

Texas will travel to Oakland Monday-Wednesday to take on the defending division champion A’s.

This will be the first time the Rangers and A’s face each other since the A’s beat the Rangers in the 2012 season finale.

Monday’s pitching matchup is as interesting as any. Texas will play behind Justin Grimm, (2-2, 3.45 ERA) while the A’s will oppose A.J. Griffin, (3-3, 3.83 ERA).

Griffin started the season finale and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits in only 2 and 2/3 innings. Oakland came from behind the win that game.

Grimm has only faced Oakland in a relief appearance on September 26 of last year. He gave up one earned run on four hits in 3 innings of a Rangers loss.

Series Matchups:
Monday – TEX Grimm @ OAK Griffin
Tuesday – TEX Holland (3-2, 2.54 ERA) @ OAK Colon (3-2, 4.57 ERA)
Wednesday – TEX Ogando (3-2, 3.09 ERA) @ OAK Straily (1-1, 7.06 ERA)

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