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Preview: Athletics (10-5) at Mariners (7-8)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: May 12, 2013 4:10 PM EDT
  

The Oakland Athletics' season-worst losing streak is over.

Perhaps they can put up enough runs to help Tommy Milone end the worst stretch of his career.

The hard-luck left-hander will try to avoid a fifth straight losing start Sunday when the A's and Seattle Mariners complete their series at Safeco Field.

After being held to 11 runs during its five-game skid, Oakland (19-19) got back on track with Saturday's 4-3 victory.

"You're going to go through your lumps. Hopefully we're going to give more than we take," said third baseman Josh Donaldson, who hit a solo homer along with Daric Barton and Brandon Moss.

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The A's lead the majors with 186 runs, but they've plated five total in Milone's last five starts after scoring 28 in his first three.

"You just have to deal with situations like this as a pitcher because you can't control them,' said Milone (3-4, 3.13 ERA), who went seven innings and didn't give up an earned run in Tuesday's 1-0 loss at Cleveland. "Obviously, we want to win and I want to win, but my goal is to keep the team in every game that I'm out there. That's all I'm trying to do.'

The A's have won Milone's last five starts against Seattle (17-20) after he threw seven innings of two-run ball in a 6-2 victory in Oakland on April 3.

Sunday's starter Joe Saunders (2-4, 6.15) walked a season-high four and lasted just four innings in that contest, his Mariners debut.

The veteran left-hander is coming off another rough outing outside Seattle, surrendering seven runs in last Sunday's 10-2 loss to Toronto. Saunders is 0-4 with a 12.54 ERA in four road starts compared to 2-0 with a 0.81 ERA in three at Safeco Field.

"I just think it's somewhat of a fluke thing right now,' manager Eric Wedge said. "It's gained a little bit of momentum and we've got to stop it.'

Saunders, just the 10th Mariner to allow two earned runs or fewer in his first three home starts of the season, also needs to stop giving up home runs. He's been tagged for six in his last four outings after not giving up any in his first three.

A's center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, the team leader with six homers, is 1 for 3 with a home run off Saunders. Cespedes, though, has no hits in his last 15 at_bats.

Mariners left fielder Jason Bay is mired in an 0-for-11 skid after grounding out as a pinch-hitter Saturday, but he'll likely be in Sunday's lineup after Raul Ibanez got the nod from Wedge the previous two games. He went a combined 2 for 6 with a homer and three RBIs.

Bay is hitless in six at_bats against Milone.

A's shortstop Jed Lowrie, who went 2 for 2 with two doubles off Saunders on April 3, leads the team with 43 hits after recording his seventh three-hit game, which is tied for the most in the majors.

Oakland has won nine of 13 in Seattle after ending its season-worst five-game road skid.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Athletics at Mariners
Fri, May 10 Final 3 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Athletics at Mariners
Sat, May 11 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Athletics at Mariners
Sun, May 12 Final 1 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  -120   +135   7.5 
 SEA  +110   -155   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  -122   +130   7.5 
 SEA  +112   -150   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 OAK  90%   93%   58% 
 SEA  10%   7%   42% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 4 Cover: +100 
 SEA 3 Under: 7 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 3 Over: 9 
 SEA 6 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 2 Over: 10 
 OAK 8 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 2 Over: 8 
 OAK 6 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 7 Cover: +125 
 OAK 1 Over: 8 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 2 Cover: +106 
 OAK 0 Under: 2 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 6 Cover: +105 
 OAK 5 Over: 11 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 OAK 10 Cover: +120 
 SEA 1 Over: 11 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, May 12
 
    Indians at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Cubs at Nationals
1:35 PM EDT
    Padres at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Yankees at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Angels at White Sox
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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