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Oakland Athletics Team Report - May 4

(Sports Network) - The new phenom meets the old master this afternoon as 2002 Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito takes the mound to counter the Yankees and the ageless Roger Clemens in the series finale of a three-game set in the Bronx.

Yesterday Eric Chavez's two-run homer in the 10th inning lifted the A's over New York, 5-3, in the second game of the series. Chavez finished with three hits for the Athletics, who snapped a two-game skid and won for the seventh time in nine games.

Keith Foulke picked up the victory, despite allowing a double to Nick Johnson and the homer to Giambi in the ninth. Foulke struck out a pair in two innings of work for the Athletics.

A's starter Tim Hudson went eight innings before turning the ball over to Foulke. Hudson allowed one run and three hits while striking out four and walking two.

After winning his first two starts of 2003, Zito has alternated wins and losses over the last four outings and hopes to gain some consistency on the hill this afternoon.

On Tuesday, the 24-year old lasted seven innings, giving up one earned run on four hits, while striking out three, in a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Zito has faced the Yankees on five occasions heading into this meeting, posting a 1-2 record and a 3.38 ERA.

The 2002 AL MVP, Oakland's Miguel Tejada, did pick up a hit in four at-bats on Saturday, but his batting average is still just .169.

05/04 10:23:15 ET

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