Date: Tuesday, June 01, 2004
First Pitch: 7:05 P.S.T.
Preview: The A's return to Oakland tonight to welcome the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox for the start of a 12-game, 13-day home-stand. Although Oakland is 12-9 at home with a 5-game home winning streak, the White Sox come into the Bay Area on a hot streak with 9 wins in their last 12 games, taking a 2 ½ game lead over second-place Minnesota. The A's are hoping that coming back home will help them cure their bullpen problems and the lack of clutch hitting that they experienced on their recent 1-5 road trip. Oakland has had no trouble getting on-base lately, but they are batting an AL-worst .249 (104 for 417) with runners in scoring position.
White Sox – Esteban Loaiza (6-3, 3.69 ERA)
Athletics – Mark Redman (3-3, 4.04 ERA)
Comments: Loaiza is coming off his career year as he finished as the runner-up to Roy Halliday for the AL Cy Young Award and was the starting pitcher in the 2003 All-Star Game… Last year against Oakland, Loaiza went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA… Redman is looking to bounce back from a loss in Boston where he gave up 9 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits in 5 2/3 while walking 5 batters… In Loaiza's last start against Texas, he pitched 8 shutout innings while giving up only 2 hits and striking out 9…
Chicago – Carlos Lee, LF: With a hit in each of the last 17 games, Lee is batting a torrid .393… Frank Thomas, DH: 3 HRs with 10 RBIs while batting .410 during this recent 10-game hitting streak…
Oakland – Mark Kotsay, CF – Batting .684 in the last 5 games, raising his average from .224 to .280… Eric Chavez, 3B – Batting .293 in the last 10 games with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs while scoring 8 runs and taking 7 walks… Erubiel Durazo, DH – Batting .350 in the last 10 games with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs…
Chicago – Joe Crede, 3B – Batting .143 with only 1 RBI in the last 7 days…
Oakland – Jermaine Dye, RF – In the last 6 games, Dye is batting .143 with only 2 RBIs and 7 Ks in only 22 ABs…
Game Preview: June 1, 2004 - A's v. White Sox
Oakland Clubhouse Top Stories
Oakland A's 2016 Minor League Free AgentsWhich Oakland A's farmhands are set to be minor league free agents this off-season? Find out!
Oakland ClubhouseYesterday at 9:34 PM
OaklandClubhouse's 2016 Pitcher of the YearOur Oakland A's 2016 minor league Pitcher of the Year is right-hander Daniel Gossett.
Oakland ClubhouseMonday at 11:35 AM
OaklandClubhouse's 2016 Player of the YearOur 2016 Oakland A's minor league Player of the Year is infielder Ryon Healy.
Oakland ClubhouseMonday at 9:37 AM
Oakland A's coaching Q&A: Aaron NieckulaOakland A's minor league field coordinator Aaron Nieckula wears several hats for the organization during the year. From June until early September, his hat is green, blue and white…
Oakland ClubhouseSunday at 9:02 PM