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    NEWSLETTERS

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 10: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics swings and watches the flight of his ball as he hits a two-run homer in the top of the six inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 10, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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 (62-38) — The A's hold a two-game lead in the division now in what has quickly become a two-horse race, which we pretty much knew already. The A's bolstered their starting staff with their recent trade for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and their offense is still one of the better in the league with guys like Josh Donaldson. It's hard to hate this bunch, but if you're a Rangers fan, you have to find a way. Next up: Today, 2:35 p.m., vs. Houston Astros.

    2. Los Angeles Angels (60-40) — The Angels have been one of baseball's hotter teams for a while now, and nothing's changed as they're 7-3 in their last 10 games and are now within good striking distance of first place in the division, a spot the A's have held for a long time now. Still thinking this ... the Angels end up winning this division. Next up: Tonight, 9:05 p.m., vs. Detroit Tigers.

    3. Seattle Mariners (53-48) — The Mariners are being shown to be what they are, which is a good team that can't compete with the two lead dogs in the division. With that said, the Mariners are still in contention for the second AL Wild Card spot and currently hold that spot by a half-game over the Yankees. Next up: Tonight, 9:10 p.m., vs. Baltimore Orioles.

    4. Houston Astros (42-59) — Hey, at least we aren't Texas! Next up: Today, 2:35 p.m., at Oakland Athletics.

    5. Texas Rangers (40-61) — Ouch. Adios, Silver Boot. Next up: Today, 12:05 p.m., at New York Yankees.