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Wednesday, May 21st (All times Eastern)

Oakland Athletics (29-16) at Tampa Bay Rays (19-27), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.10) Tampa Bay - Erik Bedard (2-1, 2.78)

( - Veteran lefty Erik Bedard gets a chance to end Tampa Bay's recent struggles on Wednesday night when the Rays host the Oakland Athletics in the middle game of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.

The Rays are a game away from equaling their season-high losing streak of four games.

Bedard was winless in three starts against Oakland last season -- losing two decisions and allowing 13 runs in 10 innings -- while with the Houston Astros, but he's been red-hot in his last four starts with Tampa Bay.

He's 2-0 with a microscopic 0.79 earned run average in that stretch and hasn't given up an earned run in 15 2/3 innings.

Win No. 3 was within his grasp after his last start on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but the bullpen coughed up a three-run lead en route to a 6-5 loss.

The Rays have lost 10 of their last 14 games and eight of their last nine at Tropicana Field.

"Never say it can't get any worse because whenever you utter those words, you're going to find it out," manager Joe Maddon said. "I'm looking more for the turning point. You never know how close you are to turning negative momentum to positive."

Oakland counters with its own southpaw, Tommy Milone, for the game two start.

He was hit hard while going 0-3 with a 5.86 ERA through his initial five starts of 2014, but has gone 1-0 in two tries since while allowing a single run in 14 innings.

He's 1-2 in his career against Tampa Bay with a 7.13 ERA.

On Tuesday, Drew Pomeranz and three other pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout to lead the Athletics in a 3-0 win.

Pomeranz (4-1) gave up three hits, walked two and struck out three in five innings. Dan Otero tossed two frames, with Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle each pitching one.

Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while John Jaso drove in the other run.

Jake Odorizzi (2-4) gave up three runs on four hits with five walks and eight strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings for the Rays.

05/21 10:22:51 ET