A's split series with Rangers, a difficult stretch of games begins

The A’s 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers Sunday kicked off one of the most arduous stretches the A’s will experience this season.Piled on top of the gut-punch injuries — Matt Chapman and Chad Pinder to follow — the A’s will play four games in three different cities in three different time zones. Here are some takeaways.The A’s need Frankie Montas to fall into a groove. A groove exists — they saw it in 2019 when Montas was mowing through any and all teams with his high-90s fastball and devastating splitter.With a back injury and the quirks of a short season battling against him, Montas has flipped…

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