American League Preview from The Sports Network|
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)
(SportsNetwork.com) - 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
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
"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