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The Texas Rangers should stop throwing strikes at the Oakland A’s

The Texas Rangers should stop throwing strikes at the Oakland A’s

Every year, it seems, a different player from the American League West steps up to take on the Texas Rangers.

In 2024, Oakland Athletics catcher Shea Langeliers joined the club.

The Keller native and Baylor alumnus continued his assault on the Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday with a career-high five RBIs in the A’s 9-4 win.

Langeliers, 26, a 2016 Keller High School graduate, was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and homer Wednesday.

As the designated hitter in Game 2 Wednesday afternoon, Langeliers hit a 454-foot, two-run homer off Jack Leiter in the second inning to give Oakland a 2-1 lead. Langeliers jumped on Leiter’s first-pitch four-seam fastball, 94 mph, over the heart of the plate and sent it over the center field wall with an exit velocity of 110.1 mph.

He has nine homers and 23 RBIs this season, including five homers and 11 RBIs against Texas.

In 11 games against the Rangers in 2023, Langeliers has three homers, a double and seven RBIs while hitting .200.

He has 19 career hits, including four doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 13 runs and 20 RBIs in 22 games against the Rangers. All but his triples are career highs against a team since his rookie season in 2022.

Langeliers was the Atlanta Braves’ first round pick (9th overall) in the 2019 MLB Draft. The Athletics acquired Langeliers in a trade with the Braves, first baseman Matt Olson to Atlanta for Langeliers, outfielder Cristian Pache and right-handed pitchers Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes.

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