Detroit (52-61) at Oakland (64-49)

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  • Game info: 3:35 pm EDT Thu Aug 12, 2004
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Tim Hudson will take another shot at his first win since coming off the disabled list when the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics complete a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Network Associates Coliseum.

Hudson, who missed six weeks with a strained left oblique muscle, returned to the mound Saturday against AL Central-leading Minnesota. He allowed four runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 4-3 loss to the Twins, leaving after throwing 53 of his 79 pitches for strikes.

“My rehab starts felt pretty sharp so I had confidence coming into today,” said Hudson after his first big league appearance since June 22. “I felt pretty sharp out there. I didn’t feel like I missed six weeks. Well, I guess after two outs in the sixth it felt like I missed six weeks, but that’s how it is.”

Hudson is winless in three starts since a 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh on June 11. His 3.15 ERA still ranks first in the AL.

The right-hander has dominated the Tigers during his career, going 9-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts. He beat Detroit 3-2 on May 20 in Oakland, yielding one earned runs and 10 hits over eight innings.

The A’s took Tuesday’s series opener 5-4, but had a three-game winning streak snapped with Wednesday’s 11-3 loss to the Tigers.

Dmitri Young hit a three-run homer and Omar Infante also drove in three runs as Detroit ended a three-game slide. The Tigers had lost seven of their first eight games in August after ending July on a three-game winning streak.

A year after losing 119 games, the Tigers are 52-61—and gaining respect for their turnaround.

“I feel fortunate,” Young said. “I’ve been here for the worse and I will be here for the best.”

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M. Maroth Min vs. T. Hudson SF
11-13 Record 12-6
4.31 ERA 3.53
108 K 103
59 BB 44
1.40 WHIP 1.26