The A's will go for their seventh consecutive win against American League West opponents Monday in their series opener against the Angels. With a weekend sweep of the Rangers, Oakland firmly cemented itself in pole position in the AL West and is a season-high 27 games above .500.
The Angels, however, are riding a hot streak of their own, having won six of their last seven games. The Halos have won 14 of their last 17 on the road, and have not lost any of their last seven series.
C.J. Wilson will take the mound for the Angels opposite Oakland rookie Sonny Gray as each starter hopes to stall the other team's momentum.
Wilson has won three consecutive starts and his last eight decisions, including two against Oakland. He allowed three earned runs on four hits over seven innings his last time out against Toronto.
He's now 16-6 with a 3.44 ERA, and has gone four straight years with at least 30 starts, entering the matchup at 191 innings.
"He's having a terrific season," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think that of all the things that we've talked about this year that maybe haven't worked out, C.J.'s on the other side of that ledger. He's having a terrific season, pitching deep into games. He's going to be 200-plus innings again, and every stat you look at is terrific for him."
Gray has done well himself, allowing more than two earned runs just once in seven starts, with 51 strikeouts in 48 innings. He beat the Twins on Wednesday after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts in five innings. Gray got plenty of rest between innings, as the A's piled up 18 runs.
"That can't be easy -- it's not easy to go back out on defense after that, let alone when you just sit there and then you have to go out and pitch," catcher Stephen Vogt said. "He did an excellent job of staying in it, and coming out and making pitches right away. It seemed like he didn't miss a beat. He came in and still was making the same pitches he was before."
A's: Cespedes sits on Sunday
Yoenis Cespedes was scheduled to make his second straight start as a designated hitter Sunday, but sat out with shoulder soreness. The Cuban was a late scratch for the series finale with the Rangers, as the shoulder injury suffered during the previous homestand has had little effect on the slugger's swing.
Cespedes wasn't the only scratch on Sunday, as the A's also pulled starter Jarrod Parker due to illness. Lefty Tommy Milone, who last started for the A's on Aug. 27 in Detroit, pitched ably in Parker's stead on Sunday. He went five innings and allowed just one run to earn a win.
Angels: Romine settling in nicely at third
Andrew Romine has adjusted well to playing third base after being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Aug. 21. Though he is a natural shortstop, Romine robbed Astros catcher Carlos Corporan of a base hit in the sixth inning of Saturday's win by making a diving catch with his back to the infield.
"You're not going to find many third basemen who can make that play," Scioscia said. "Romy's a shortstop, so obviously he has the range to be able to do something special like that. It was an incredible catch."
• Mike Trout drew a walk for the Angels in Sunday's win, giving him 49 walks in his last 44 games and 100 on the season. His .437 on-base percentage is on pace to be the highest in club history.
Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.