OAKLAND [url=http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-barry-bonds-jersey]Barry Bonds Jersey[/url] , Calif. — Veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson hopes to stall his career-long struggles against the Texas Rangers when he attempts to deliver the Oakland Athletics a second consecutive win in the three-game series Saturday afternoon.The A’s (85-57) will take the field 3 1/2 games behind first-place Houston (88-53) in the race for the American League West crown, and 3 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees (88-53) in the duel for the first wild-card spot in the AL.The Astros will be at Boston with the same starting time as the A’s, while the Yankees aren’t scheduled to start until several hours later in a night game at Seattle.Article continues below ...Jackson (5-3, 2.91 ERA) will be facing the Rangers for the third time this season while still looking for his first effective outing against them.He gave up a three-run home run to Robinson Chirinos in a 6-5 win over the Rangers in Texas in July. Jackson did not get the win, having been pulled after allowing five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.Jackson’s stats were nearly identical (4 1/3 innings, four runs, seven hits) in a 4-2 home loss to the Rangers last month in which he was bombed for homers by Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo. He took the loss in that outing.The 34-year-old has logged a 0-1 record and 9.35 ERA in his two starts against the Rangers this season, as opposed to 5-2 with a 2.06 against all other teams in 11 starts.Jackson is just 2-4 with a 4.85 ERA in nine starts against the Rangers in his career.Gallo has faced Jackson just four times and gotten on base all four via two walks, a single and a home run.The slugger ended a nine-game homerless drought with his 35th of the season in Friday’s 8-4 loss to the A’s in the series opener. 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Mendez is coming off the best outing of his career last Sunday, when he shut out the Minnesota Twins on three hits over six innings for his first major-league win.The A’s did a majority of the power hitting in Friday’s win [url=http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-kent-tekulve-jersey]Kent Tekulve Jersey[/url] , with Ramon Laureano belting a pair of homers, including one on Yovani Gallardo’s fourth pitch of the game.Oakland’s new leadoff man, who was an August call-up from the minors, has made the most of a recent promotion to the top of the order, going 4-for-10 in three games with two doubles and two home runs. The five MLB playoff teams on the American League side of things are set, but that doesn't mean there's nothing left to play for the rest of the way.The right to host the AL Wild Card Game is still on the line as we come down the home stretch of the 2018 regular season.Here's a look at where things stand among relevant AL teams: Division LeadersAL East: Boston Red Sox (106-51); clinched division and best recordAL Central:Cleveland Indians(88-69); clinched divisionAL West:Houston Astros(100-57); clinched division Wild Card Standings1: New York Yankees(97-60)2: Oakland Athletics(95-63)OverviewWill J.A. Happ go from deadline-additon to Wild Card Game starter?Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThe Yankees enter play on Wednesday with a 2.5-game lead in the wild-card standings. Here's a look at the remaining schedule for New York and Oakland:OAK:at SEA (1), at LAA (3)NYY:at TB (2), at BOS (3)The Yankees (53-28, .654) and A's (50-31 [url=http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-bill-mazeroski-jersey]http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-bill-mazeroski-jersey[/url] , .617) both played well at home this season, so the right to host that game will give both clubs plenty of incentive down the stretch.As for the Wild Card Game itself, the two teams split the season series 3-3鈥攂oth teams took two of three while playing host.Mike Fiers is the leading candidate to start the Wild Card Game for Oakland.Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesMike Fiers (9 GS, 5-1, 2.90 ERA since trade from Detroit) is the leading candidate to get the start for Oakland now that Sean Manaea is out for the season. He allowed three hits and two earned runs over six innings in a win against the Yankees on Sept. 5.Fellow veteran Edwin Jackson (16 GS, 6-3, 3.18 ERA) could also be an option.On the Yankees side, J.A. Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino are all options to start."Obviously [url=http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-parker-jersey]Dave Parker Jersey[/url] , these are still really important games for us, so we're playing with that kind of urgency right now," manager Aaron Boone told reporters. "We'll continue to have conversations and hopefully by the end of the week,we're in a position to where we can kind of shape it and manipulate it how we want and make a good decision."Happ is 6-0 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 10 starts since joining the Yankees, and he's gone 8-1 with a 3.39 ERA in 15 career starts at Yankee Stadium, so he has to be viewed as the front-runner.All stats courtesy of Baseball Referenceand accurate through Sept. 25.