ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 30: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated after scoring on a two-run double by Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) in the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 30, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
In a weekly segment, we'll take a look around the AL West — what's happened so far, and what's on tap in the coming days.
1. Oakland Athletics (18-10) — Well, the A's must've been a little upset with how last week's series against the Rangers went. They came to Arlington and let it be known they're still the kings of the West with an emphatic sweep of Texas, outscoring the Rangers 25-4 over the three games. None were close. Now, with a three-game lead over Texas, the A's have the best record in the American League, and it's not even really that close. It's going to be a hell of a race this summer. Next up: Friday, 6:10 p.m., at Boston Red Sox.
2. Texas Rangers (15-13) — The Rangers really need this off-day on Thursday. After a hot streak last week, they've now dropped four straight games including an embarrassing home sweep by the A's. Last year, the Angels were often a cure for Rangers woes. Will they be again this year? We'll know soon. Next up: Friday, 9:05 p.m., at Los Angeles Angels.
3. Los Angeles Angels (14-13) — Coming off a sweep of the Indians, the Angels pulled above .500 for the first time since Opening Day, of last season. They're also just a half-game back of the Rangers for second place in the West. The pitching still seems to be a pretty big concern for this club, and Josh Hamilton being on the DL doesn't help them after he got off to a torrid start this year. Next up: Friday, 9:05 p.m., vs. Texas Rangers.
4. Seattle Mariners (11-14) — The Mariners took two of three games from the Rangers over the weekend and are now a win Thursday night away from taking three straight against the Yankees in The Bronx. Though they haven't gotten off to the start they would've liked, this team is still potentially scary with its pitching staff and revamped offense. Next up: Today, 6:05 p.m., at New York Yankees.
5. Houston Astros (9-19) — Yup, same ol', same ol'. Next up: Friday, 7:10 p.m., vs. Seattle Mariners.