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Oakland Athletics Team Report - May 1
(Sports Network) - The Oakland A's will shoot for their seventh straight win
this evening when they try to complete a three-game sweep over the Chicago
White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Mark Mulder notched his second complete game of the season to lead Oakland to
a 4-1 win in the second games of the set on Wednesday. Ramon Hernandez
finished with three hits and Eric Chavez added two, including a homer, for the
Athletics, who have won six straight and have pulled even with the Seattle
Mariners atop the AL West standings.
Mulder (4-1) allowed four hits and struck out six without a walk for the 10th
complete game of his career. He improved to 10-1 in his last 15 starts dating
back to last season.
The A's will pin their hopes tonight on lefthander John Halama, who is 1-1 on
the campaign with a 2.95 ERA. He did not earn a decision in his last start and
allowed three runs -- one earned -- on two hits over 6 1/3 innings in his
team's 6-3 win over the Mariners.
The 31-year-old Halama has made six appearances against the White Sox -- four
starts -- and is 3-0 with a 4.71 ERA.
What makes the A's recent run so surprising is that it has come with virtually
no offensive support from reigning AL MVP Miguel Tejada, who is off to a
miserable start to the season. Tejada, who hit a career-high .308 last year,
is just 3-for-26 over his last seven games and is batting a dismal .161. He
has just six extra-base hits in 112 at-bats this season.
Oakland and Seattle own identical 17-10 records and are tied for the AL West's
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