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June 30, 2014

What You Need to Know

Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/30

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
When the A’s boarded their flight to New York last Sunday, they’d lost back-to-back games just once since the end of May. But after the Mets served them their second losing streak of the month with a 10-1 beating in the first contest of a nine-game road trip, it seemed that Bob Melvin’s squad might take a small stumble as it reached the halfway mark of the regular season on the Atlantic seaboard.

Not so.

Since then, the Athletics have rattled off four straight victories and improved their road record to 27-15. Sunday’s game was no. 81 of the season for Oakland, and with 50 percent of the year in the books, the A’s are still rocking a league-best .630 winning percentage—to go with a +135 run differential that suggests they should be three games better than their 51-30 ledger.

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