Oakland (17-16) at Detroit (15-18)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Thu May 13, 2004
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Mark Redman owes the Detroit Tigers a debt of gratitude.

Redman will get a chance to thank his old team for putting him in position to get a World Series ring when he takes the mound of the Oakland Athletics in the finale of a three-game series at Comerica Park.

After going a combined 8-17 during parts of 2001 and ’02 with Detroit, Redman was traded to Florida prior to the 2003 season and went on to help the Marlins win a world championship.

Redman became the Tigers’ No. 1 starter in 2002 after Jeff Weaver was traded to the New York Yankees. Detroit started the season 0-11 en route to a dismal 55-106 record.

The 30-year-old left-hander said that forgettable season helped mold him into the pitcher that went 14-9 for the Marlins last year.

“It was a good experience,” he said in reference to his short stay in Detroit. “It was a great bunch of guys, and I wouldn’t have been where I am without that experience. It made me a better pitcher.”

Despite his time with the Tigers, Redman called Detroit “just another team” and said he doesn’t keep in close contact with his former teammates.

“I know a lot of them,” he said. “I don’t have dinner in the offseason with them or anything like that. I talked with Bobby Higginson last year, hung out with him a little bit. They’ve changed a bit. They’re on the right track.”

Detroit catcher Brandon Inge said he expects Thursday’s game to be intriguing.

“It’s going to be one of those games where everybody’s trying to trick each other,” Inge said. “He’ll expect this, so I’ll do something different. I can’t stand those games.”

Redman allowed five earned runs and six hits in five innings of Oakland’s 11-9 win over Minnesota on Friday, but did not receive a decision. He was coming off his best performance of the season, allowing just four hits over 6 2-3 scoreless innings in a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on April 30.

The A’s beat the Tigers 2-1 on Wednesday for their third straight win and fifth in six games. Adam Melhuse homered, and Bobby Kielty knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Alex Sanchez went 3-for-3 for the Tigers, who have dropped seven of nine. Detroit has won just three games in May after going 12-11 in April.

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M. Redman COL vs. M. Maroth MIN
11-12 Record 11-13
4.71 ERA 4.31
102 K 108
68 BB 59
1.50 WHIP 1.40