OAKLAND Joe Jimenez Jersey , Calif. — all his career-long struggles against the Texas Rangers when he attempts to deliver the Oakland Athletics a second consecutive win in the three-game series Saturday afternoon.The A’s (85-57) will take the field 3 1/2 games behind first-place Houston (88-53) in the race for the American League West crown, and 3 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees (88-53) in the duel for the first wild-card spot in the AL.The Astros will be at Boston with the same starting time as the A’s, while the Yankees aren’t scheduled to start until several hours later in a night game at Seattle.Article continues below ...Jackson (5-3, 2.91 ERA) will be facing the Rangers for the third time this season while still looking for his first effective outing against them.He gave up a three-run home run to Robinson Chirinos in a 6-5 win over the Rangers in Texas in July. Jackson did not get the win, having been pulled after allowing five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.Jackson’s stats were nearly identical (4 1/3 innings, four runs, seven hits) in a 4-2 home loss to the Rangers last month in which he was bombed for homers by Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo. He took the loss in that outing.The 34-year-old has logged a 0-1 record and 9.35 ERA in his two starts against the Rangers this season, as opposed to 5-2 with a 2.06 against all other teams in 11 starts.Jackson is just 2-4 with a 4.85 ERA in nine starts against the Rangers in his career.Gallo has faced Jackson just four times and gotten on base all four via two walks, a single and a home run.The slugger ended a nine-game homerless drought with his 35th of the season in Friday’s 8-4 loss to the A’s in the series opener. He now stands five behind Oakland’s Khris Davis, the AL leader with 40.Adrian Beltre (.409), Choo (.364) and Elvis Andrus (.353) also have padded their batting averages at Jackson’s expense.Davis, meanwhile, has a walk, a single and a home run to show for three career plate appearances against left-hander Yohander Mendez (1-1, 5.59) http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , the Rangers’ scheduled starter Saturday.Mendez faced the A’s three times in relief the past two seasons, going 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA. He has not faced the A’s this season and has transitioned into a starter of late. Mendez is coming off the best outing of his career last Sunday, when he shut out the Minnesota Twins on three hits over six innings for his first major-league win.The A’s did a majority of the power hitting in Friday’s win, with Ramon Laureano belting a pair of homers, including one on Yovani Gallardo’s fourth pitch of the game.Oakland’s new leadoff man, who was an August call-up from the minors, has made the most of a recent promotion to the top of the order, going 4-for-10 in three games with two doubles and two home runs. Quiet bats and a rough inning, again, spell doom."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers RecapsBlue Jays 3, Tigers 0: Offense missing in action once againNew,36commentsQuiet bats and a rough inning, again, spell doom.EDTShareTweetShareShareBlue Jays 3, Tigers 0: Offense missing in action once againJohn E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Tigers’ scoreless innings streak has expanded to 18 as they were shut out for the second time in as many days Alan Trammell Jersey , dropping game three to the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 3-0.The Blue Jays opened the day’s scoring, as they did on Friday, in the fourth inning. Brandon Drury, following a leadoff double, came around to score on a Billy McKinney single. Justin Smoak would help to pile it on as he buried a two-run home run to the opposite field. They would threaten again through the later innings, but these wouldn’t come to pass.The Tigers threatened in each of the first three innings, but failed to capitalize against Blue Jays pitching, as starter Aaron Sanchez shut them down over five-plus innings of work, limiting them to three hits. Despite having two men in scoring position in the sixth inning, the Blue Jays bullpen picked up the slack, quelling that threat while allowing just one hit of their own while contributing seven of the day’s 13 Tigers strikeouts. NoteworthySpencer Turnbull, making his first start of 2019, looked sharp during his first trip through the Blue Jays’ order, but hit a rough patch with a ragged fourth inning and less-than-confident fifth inning. He made his exit after five innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking two batters and striking out five. He showed some live velocity on his fastball http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , sitting in the 94-96 miles per hour range, as well as life on his slider:Miguel Cabrera notched his first two hits of the season, the 2,877th and 2,878th of his career, pushing him past Luis Aparicio and into second place on the list of career hits by a Venezuelan-born major leaguer. He also reached base in his third plate appearance, reaching by way of a hit by pitch, taking a fastball to his right hand. He would leave the game afterward with a right hand contusion and underwent x-rays, which came back negative. Today’s game also saw Gordon Beckham and Dustin Peterson making their official Tigers debuts, as well as Daniel Norris’s first appearance of 2019. Beckham would draw a walk, but the pair would finish hitless while Norris worked fairly clean sixth and seventh innings, but ran into trouble in the eighth and made his exit after 2 1? innings of work. On deckThe Tigers will wrap up their series with the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre, with Matt Moore set to make his Tigers debut against Trent Thornton. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET.