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FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi talks Rangers' offensive woes, Oakland's hot streak and more.
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It's time for behind this seems presented by at -- never stop improving. Our baseball writer John Paul and arresting joined net and taking a look at the big story lines around the AL west. The Rangers pulled a five game lead after their weekend series with the Angels. Is Texas the strong front runner they appear to be. I'm not sure about that -- the Rangers teams ERA is actually lower than it was last season. And while they have welcomed back Alexio -- Colby Lewis from the DL. I actually have concerns about their offense. The Rangers entered Sunday with the fewest runs scored of any team in the major leagues this month. Yes the Rangers are having trouble scoring runs Josh Hamilton Elvis Anders and Michael Young are all having sub standard July's. I'm gonna be very interested to see it GM Jon Daniels. Acquires a bat this month to make sure the Rangers -- back to the World Series for the third straight season. Laughter Ervin Santana failed to complete the second inning and Saturday's loss to the Rangers in there any doubt what the Angels -- at the deadline. Know Jill there is no question about it the Los Angeles Angels had big glaring need it. -- starting pitcher may be aiming too but I'll probably just get one. Jared Weaver and C. J. Wilson have been consistent but they've got a lot of inconsistency after them. Two names that are on their radar right now. James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays and Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins there yeah of course we'll bring that lefty presence. I think right now James Shields might be an even better fit bring in a righty sinker ball or for that big ballpark he could be a big piece. If in fact the Tampa Bay Rays decide to trade him that right now is not certain yet. The Oakland a's began a week but baseball's best record in the month until lag. Is it kind of called them a legitimate wild card contender they. Slowly kargil babe beat the New York Yankees in this series over the weekend. Getting three solid performances from three rookie pitchers that no one was talking about when the season started. AJ Griffin. Jared Parker and of course Tommy Malone the left hander. This is a very good team with a young pitching they've got a lot of timely hitting really Billy Beane knew we kind of had been absent from the scene in terms of building. Postseason contenders in recent years. Clearly made all the right moves over the -- over the offseason he got Ryan Cook the all star closer and penetrate there was the Arizona Diamondbacks. This team is for real and they're pitching very well they actually have an abundance of pitching depth. Which could come into effect here at the trade deadline they may be in the rare position of being able to move pitching for hitting. If they do look for the Jays did acquire either a shortstop or third baseman for the stretch drive. -- -- -- Until Langston.