Oakland (70-52) at Tampa Bay (55-68)

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  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sun Aug 22, 2004
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Mark Redman hopes to continue his strong pitching on the road when the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics try to complete a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.

Redman, who has struggled to a 3-4 mark and 6.37 ERA at Network Associates Coliseum this season, is 6-5 with a 3.05 ERA on the road. The left-hander won for the third time in his last four decisions overall on Monday, bolstering his road record with a 3-1 victory at Baltimore.

Redman allowed one run and six hits over a season high-tying eight innings, striking out two and walking one.

“When we need a big game he comes up with it,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said of Redman, who was signed as a free agent this past offseason after helping the Florida Marlins to a world championship last year. “We needed a lift and he gave it to us.”

Redman is unbeaten in his last three road starts, surrendering two runs and 15 hits over 22 1-3 innings in those outings. He has never lost to the Devil Rays, going 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in six career appearances, including five starts.

The A’s extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-0 victory on Saturday. Barry Zito pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and Bobby Crosby, Marco Scutaro and Mark Kotsay homered for Oakland, which has won six of seven since a three-game losing streak.

The A’s have hit 14 homers over the past four games—including seven solo shots the last two days. Oakland has also won seven straight on the road.

Tampa Bay’s Aubrey Huff left after the first inning Saturday with back spasms and is day to day. He was hurt running out a grounder.

“The trainers say it’s just a spasm, so that’s good,” Huff said.

Huff has a team-best 22 homers and 80 RBIs. He has played in 398 consecutive games.

“He might be able to play tomorrow,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.

The Devil Rays have dropped four in a row and 10 of 11.

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M. Redman Col vs. D. Brazelton StL
11-12 Record 6-8
4.71 ERA 4.77
102 K 64
68 BB 53
1.50 WHIP 1.44