Monday, July 29
Esmil Rogers__________AJ Griffin
Other guys: Rogers did some serious tightrope walking in his last outing vs. the Dodgers. The righty allowed a runner in scoring position in all but the first inning, but allowed only two runs and struck out four over seven innings, earning a quality start.A's: Of the 23 home runs Griffin has allowed this season, 17 have been of the solo variety and 16 have come on the road. He allowed just six hits against Houston in his last start, a win against the Astros, but two were home runs.
Tuesday, July 30
Mark Buehrle__________Dan Straily
Other guys: Buehrle is coming off his first shutout in four years. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out a season-high nine batters against the Astros. It was his first complete game since May 5, 2012 against the Padres.A's: Straily is on a two-game losing streak after lasting just 4 1/3 innings and allowing five earned runs on seven hits in his last start, though he did grab hold of the American League lead for strikeouts among rookies with 75.
Wednesday, July 31
RA Dickey__________Bartolo Colon
Other guys: Against the Astros Dickey once again had trouble with the long ball, allowing his 24th of the season. It was all part of a night where he allowed five earned runs, but managed to escape with a no decision thinks to an offense that struck for 12.A's: Colon has pitched six or more innings and allowed three or fewer runs in 14 consecutive starts. On Friday against the Angels, he allowed a first-inning two-run homer but recovered well to earn his 14th win of the season.