Arlington, Texas — When the A’s and Rangers originally tried to play Thursday night’s game, on May 11, Texas jumped out to a big lead that was washed away.
In the makeup game, the Rangers scored five runs against their former teammate, Rich Harden, and beat Oakland 6-0 at Rangers Ballpark. When that May game was rained out, Texas led 7-0.
Harden, making his second start after missing the first three months with a muscle strain under his right arm, allowed eight hits, including a solo homer by Michael Young in the fifth, and he walked two.
Oakland managed two hits through the first eight innings, and four altogether, against Derek Holland, who threw his third career shutout. The A’s have been shut out 10 times this season, tied for the most in the league.
Willingham returns: Outfielder Josh Willingham came off the disabled list after missing nearly three weeks with Achilles tendinitis and went 1-for-3.
Expect several contending teams to take note, because he is considered to be among the top trade targets before the deadline at the end of the month; the Phillies, in particular, have long-standing interest.
With Willingham back, Hideki Matsui returned to the third spot in the order and Coco Crisp hit second.
Moscoso sent out: Guillermo Moscoso, whose spot in the rotation doesn’t come back up until July 19, came off the roster when the A’s added two players, and he will make a start at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.
Manager Bob Melvin said that, while nothing is guaranteed, Moscoso deserves to be considered the front-runner for that July 19 start at Detroit. Moscoso has a 1.96 ERA over his past seven starts. He will remain in Texas to work out with the A’s.
Briefly: Reliever Grant Balfour came off the DL after missing 15 days with a right oblique strain. … Rookie Graham Godfrey was sent to Triple-A Sacramento to get his innings built back up in case he’s needed to spot start; he said he’ll work on a new changeup grip taught to him by pitching coach Ron Romanick. … Willingham will be the designated hitter tonight, and Matsui will get the day off. …. Melvin said that first baseman Chris Carter is going to keep getting a lot of time, for now, and then, “We’ll see where we are at the break,” Melvin said.
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Nervous secret service: When Josh Hamilton lost his bat on a swing in the first inning, it flew near ex-President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, who were sitting with Rangers President Nolan Ryan in the front row.
This article appeared on page B – 5 of the San Francisco Chronicle