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Losers of five straight at the usually-friendly Coliseum, the A's are struggling

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(OAKLAND) -- April 20 was the last time the 2014 Oakland Athletics won a game in front of their hometown fans at the O.Co Coliseum, and with Felix Hernandez on the mound for the Seattle Mariners today in the first game of a "traditional" doubleheader, that losing streak could get longer.

And that's not good news for these A's, who currently hold -- still -- a two-game lead in the American League West division over both the Mariners and the Texas Rangers, the latter team which started this losing streak at the Coliseum on April 21.

Oakland is 19-14, while Seattle is 16-15 and Texas is 17-16. Just behind, of course, are the Los Angeles Angels with a 16-16 record. So while the A's have eight more games on this home stand to get something good going, they're not in a good position right now with a 6-8 record in Coliseum contests this spring.

And that's unusual for the team: in 2012, the A's won 50 games in Oakland, and last year, they won 52 games in front of the Coliseum crowd. Both seasons ended up with AL West division championships, of course, so the team would be wise to get it going here at home if they want to win a third straight title.

King Felix will have some say in that today, of course. The big righty is 9-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 16 career starts at the Coliseum, and he's beaten the A's here already this season. Oakland sends struggling Dan Straily to the mound (1-2, 5.01) who hasn't won any of his last four starts.

Hernandez (3-1, 2.53) looks to capitalize on the starts of Chris Young on Monday and Roenis Elias on Tuesday, both of whom kept the potent A's offense under wraps for wins. After scoring 25 runs in a three-game sweep in Texas last week, Oakland has scored just 12 runs in the five games since -- four of them losses.

The second game today is a rescheduled game from April 4, and it could be what the A's need to bust out of an offensive slump (if they're not able to get to Hernandez in the opener, of course). Erasmo Ramirez (1-3, 6.75) starts the makeup game for Seattle, scheduled to start 30 minutes after the completion of the first game, while Oakland is undecided right now on its second-game starter.

It could be Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 1.98) or Arnold Leon, depending on how the first game goes. Lefty Pomeranz was acquired from Colorado in the Brett Anderson trade, and he's pitched well in relief this season for the A's. If he's required to pitch in the first game in relief, then Leon -- with seven minor-league seasons under belt in the Oakland organization, to the tune of a 17-14 record and a 3.75 ERA -- will get the nod.

Either way, it's a traditional doubleheader at the O.co today, because a ticket to the normally-scheduled first game gets fans in for both contests today. It all starts at 12:35 p.m.

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