Minnesota (16-11) at Oakland (13-15)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri May 7, 2004
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With Oakland’s Big Three scuffling through a mediocre first month of the season, left-hander Mark Redman has been a pleasant surprise in the Athletics’ rotation.

The veteran southpaw will try to build on his best effort of the season when the A’s open a three-game series with the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson have managed a combined 7-6 record thus far, and none of the three aces boasts an ERA lower than Redman’s 2.81 mark through five starts.

Redman was particularly stingy April 30, surrendering just four hits over 6 2-3 scoreless innings as the A’s snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at Tampa Bay.

Redman surrendered three earned runs or fewer while going at least six innings for the fourth time in five starts. He struck out three and walked two against the Devil Rays, retiring eight in a row at one point while working in a crisp, deliberate manner.

“Losing six straight, you really want to try and set the tone of the game,” Redman said. “Work quick and get the guys back in there so they can start swinging the bat.”

Redman, who played for the World Series champion Florida Marlins last year before signing a free-agent deal with Oakland this past offseason, began his career with the Twins in 1999. He went 15-13 in his three seasons in Minnesota.

Oakland snapped a three-game losing streak with Thursday’s come-from-behind 7-4 win over New York. In the process, the A’s avoided a sixth straight defeat to the Yankees.

Mark Kotsay matched a career high with four RBIs for Oakland, which is 1-2 on its six-game homestand.

The Twins, who took eight of nine from Oakland last year after beating the A’s in the 2002 AL division series, have dropped four of their last five overall.

On Thursday, Shannon Stewart’s RBI double in the third inning provided all the offense for Minnesota in a 2-1 loss at Seattle.

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J. Santana Bal vs. M. Redman Col
20-6 Record 11-12
2.61 ERA 4.71
265 K 102
54 BB 68
0.92 WHIP 1.50