The Athletics sit 2.5 games out of the final wild card spot in the American League heading into Tuesday's series opener against the Royals.
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Date: Sept. 14, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports California
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The Athletics dropped their last two games against the Rangers, 8-6 on Saturday and 4-3 on Sunday. Oakland will look to change its fortunes as it heads to Kansas City to start a three-game set with a Royals team well out of playoff contention.
Oakland ends the season with 13 straight games against the Astros, who lead the AL West, and the Mariners, who are in second place in the division and 0.5 games up on Athletics in the wild card race.
The Royals are 17 games out of first place in the AL Central and 14.5 games back in the wild card hunt, but they recently took two of three games from the division-leading White Sox.
The Athletics will send Frankie Montas on the mound for the first game of the series. Montas has pitched well recently and Oakland has won his last three starts.
The Royals will counter with Jackson Kowar. Kowar has only pitched in five games for the Royals this year and Kansas City has yet to win any of those games.