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Geren, A’s Stumble Into Tough Second Half

Heading into the 2009 season, the Oakland A's were expected to be major contenders in the weak American League West. However, with the Angels and Rangers controlling the West, the A's are left to dwell in the cellar for the first time since '97.

The A's, with a record of 37-49, are currently 12 games behind the Los Angeles Angels for first place in the AL West. The A's, who were considered contenders by many at the beginning of the season, enter the break as a team without much heart.

Offensive production has been a major problem for this year's team, as Matt Holliday, Jason Giambi, and Orlando Cabrera haven't been able to hit consistently in the first half. The A's finished the first half scoring 361 runs (12th in AL), to go along with a league-low .246 bat...

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