Oakland (86-62) at Seattle (56-92)

Light Rain Currently: Seattle, WA
Temp: 59° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 19, 2004
  • TV: KICU
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Oakland starter Mark Redman is more than happy to get out of Oakland.

Redman looks to rebound from a pair of disastrous home outings as the AL West-leading Athletics conclude their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Redman was pounded for seven runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-9 loss to the Texas Rangers in Oakland on Tuesday. That start came seven days after he gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox at home.

“We’ve gone through the Redman thing (at home) a bunch of times,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “You just never know with Red. He could come out here and pitch a dandy.”

Redman, who tried to reverse his luck by switching his uniform number from 55 to 18 for Tuesday’s start, is 3-6 with a 7.81 ERA at home this season. However, he has fared much better on the road, going 7-6 with a 2.98 ERA.

Redman will face Seattle rookie Bobby Madritsch, who turned in his second straight dominating performance on Tuesday. He allowed two runs and six hits in 8 1-3 innings of a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Angels. Madritsch, who threw eight scoreless innings in a 7-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 9, took a shutout into the ninth inning against Anaheim, mixing his fastball with a deceptive changeup.

“All of these games I pitch like World Series games because you never know,” said Madritsch, who has made 12 appearances, including eight starts, since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on July 21. “Things can be taken from you in a hurry. The success I’ve had up here, I’m really enjoying it, but I’m just staying focused. I can’t live off one game.”

The A’s beat the Mariners 7-4 on Saturday to move two games ahead of Anaheim in the AL West. Oakland has six games left against the Angels, who lost 2-0 to Texas on Saturday.

Eric Chavez homered, Erubiel Durazo tied his career high with four hits and Marco Scutaro matched his best with three RBIs. The A’s have won five of eight since a five-game losing streak.

Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 with his 200th single, one night after breaking the major league record for singles. Suzuki has 236 hits, 21 shy of George Sisler’s 1920 record with 14 games left.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Redman Col vs. B. Madritsch KC
11-12 Record 6-3
4.71 ERA 3.27
102 K 60
68 BB 33
1.50 WHIP 1.22