Brett Anderson threw from the mound Monday for the first time since straining his right oblique. How he bounces back will determine if he has a chance to take the mound for the A's in a possible one-game playoff Friday.
On Tuesday, Jonny Gomes was voted the winner of the Jim "Catfish" Hunter award, which honors a player that best exemplifies the competitive spirit on and off the field demonstrated by the late Hall of Famer.
Brandon Moss gets the start at first base and struggling Stephen Drew moves up the to the second spot against Texas lefty Matt Harrison.
If the A's win tonight, it sets up a winner-take-all Wednesday afternoon. But if the Rangers win, Texas will be celebrating a division title in Oakland.