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[May 14, 2014]
Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick is
drawing raves for switching his walk-up music to the soothing ballad
“Careless Whisper” by Wham!, but there’s been nothing mellow about the
Athletics’ six-game winning streak. The Athletics have outscored their
opponents 39-8 during the streak, and they’ll look to continue their
impressive run Wednesday in the series finale against the visiting
Chicago White Sox, who have lost four straight and five of their last
six. Reddick is 3-for-7 with two RBIs and four runs since changing his
walk-up tune, which has quickly become a fan favorite in Oakland.
With Chicago off Thursday before starting a three-game series at
Houston, manager Robin Ventura indicated he may sit first baseman
Jose Abreu on Wednesday so he can have two consecutive days off.
Abreu, who leads the American League in homers (14) and RBIs (38),
has served as Chicago’s designated hitter for the past five games
while dealing with a sore left ankle. The White Sox are looking to
bounce back from Tuesday’s 11-0 loss, their seventh straight against
the Athletics in Oakland.
TV: 3:35 p.m. ET, CSN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56 ERA) vs.
Athletics LH Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54)
Rienzo has been a serviceable replacement for ace Chris Sale, who is
expected to return at month's end after landing on the disabled list
with a strained flexor muscle. Rienzo, who could move back to the
bullpen when Sale returns, earned his third victory last Friday
after holding Arizona to three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Control continues to be an issue for the 25-year-old, who has a
13-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 23 2/3 innings this season.
After allowing 10 earned runs in his previous two starts covering 10
2/3 innings, Milone tossed eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball
with seven strikeouts against Washington last Friday. “I think you
can make the argument that’s the best I’ve seen him throw,” catcher
Derek Norris told mlb.com. “I don't think he missed a location all
night. He was fantastic.” The 27-year-old Milone, who threw a
season-high 108 pitches last Friday, owns an 0.60 ERA in two career
starts against the White Sox.
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1. Milone is 13-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 29 home games in three seasons
with the Athletics.
2. The White Sox have scored a total of 38 runs in the ninth inning,
tops in the majors.
3. Oakland CF Coco Crisp has missed the last six games due to a
strained neck, but he’s expected to return Friday at Cleveland.
PREDICTION: Athletics 6, White Sox 2
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