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Surging Athletics face major leagues’ best Astros (Jun 19, 2017)

OAKLAND — As a reward for their four-game sweep of the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics will get to host the team with the best record in the major leagues.

The Houston Astros, off to their best-ever start, will visit the Oakland Coliseum for the opener of a four-game series on Monday.

The A’s don’t seem too worried after sweeping the touted Yankees for the first time since July 22, 2012. Oakland is seeing its young players come of age, sort of like in 2012 when it got red-hot in the second half.

“I don’t know necessarily if it’s momentum, but we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” reliever Sean Doolittle said of the current surge.