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(AP) -- A postseason appearance once seemingly guaranteed for the Oakland Athletics is looking increasingly precarious after they were swept by baseball's worst team.

Oakland looks to Jon Lester to help it avoid yet another pitfall Friday night when it continues its final nine-game homestand with the first of three against the last-place Philadelphia Phillies.

The Athletics (83-69) fell 7-2 to the Rangers on Thursday, marking the first time they'd been swept at home since a May 5-7 series versus Seattle. Oakland fell a half-game behind Kansas City for the top wild-card spot less than six weeks after having a four-game cushion for baseball's best record.

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Leaders
AVG: J. Donaldson.255
HR: J. Donaldson27
RBI: J. Donaldson95
SB: C. Gentry20
W: S. Kazmir14
ERA: J. Lester2.52
Saves: S. Doolittle21
K: S. Gray166
AL West
TeamWLPctGB
X-LA Angels 9558.621-
Oakland 8369.54611.5
Seattle 8270.53912.5
Houston 6786.43828
Texas 6092.39534.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .245 (21)
Runs: 691 (4)
Hits: 1277 (21)
Home Runs: 143 (12)
Stolen Bases: 81 (20)
OBP: .319 (9)
SLG: .385 (14)
Total Bases: 2010 (14)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.27 (3)
Runs Allowed: 542 (3)
Saves: 30 (28)
Strikeouts: 1158 (17)
OpBA: .233 (2)
OBP: .293 (2)
SLG: .356 (3)
Run Support: 4.53 (4)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/12 S. Doolittle Removed From 15-Day DL (Strained right intercostal muscle)
9/9 N. Punto Removed From 15-Day DL (Strained right hamstring)
9/7 J. Jaso Transferred to 15-Day DL (Concussion)
9/4 J. Savery Outrighted to Minors
9/2 N. Freiman Called Up from Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/12 G. Soto Back spasms (day-to-day)
9/3 S. Vogt Sprained left ankle (day-to-day)
8/24 S. Doolittle off 15-day DL
8/24 J. Jaso Concussion (on 15-day DL)
8/14 J. Lowrie off 15-day DL
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