A year ago, Thursday’s loss in Rangers Ballpark would never have happened.
The A’s had right-hander Ryan Cook and left-hander Sean Doolittle throw a combined 16.2 innings against the Rangers in 2012, and the two setup men didn’t allow a run. They could barely get a hit, going a combined 9-for-57 (.158)
Oakland is only halfway through the 2013 season, and already the Rangers have scored three runs off the two, including one each Thursday. Texas hitters are 10-for-33 (.303) off Cook and Doolittle this time around.