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Updated: Sunday September 1, 2002 10:31 AM
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Minnesota Twins
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Joe Mays W-L ERA
Season 3-5 6.18
Career vs. Athletics 2-2 4.03
 
Mark Mulder W-L ERA
Season 16-7 3.77
Career vs. Twins 3-2 2.13
Oakland Athletics
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Game Time: Sep. 1 4:05 PM EDT |  Today's Scoreboard
  Joe Mays
  Mark Mulder

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Oakland Athletics try to set a new franchise record for consecutive victories on Sunday when they complete a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Network Associates Coliseum.

The Athletics have won 17 straight games, tying the franchise record set in 1931, when the team was in Philadelphia.

Oakland is trying to become just the sixth team in major league history to win at least 18 consecutive games. The 1953 New York Yankees were the last team to accomplish the feat.

The Athletics can sweep the Twins in a three-game series for the first time since April 28-30, 2000. They have not swept Minnesota here since May 14-16, 1999.

Eric Chavez homered and drove in four runs as Oakland posted a 6-3 victory in Saturday's game. The A's finished August with a 24-4 record and are four games ahead of second-place Anaheim in the American League West.

Oakland's starters have won 15 of 17 games during the streak and Mark Mulder (17-7, 3.77 ERA) tries to continue that success on Sunday.

Mulder has won his last three starts, allowing eight earned runs in 22 2/3 innings. He won in Kansas City on Tuesday, when he gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings.

The 26-year-old lefthander faced Minnesota on July 3 and lost despite allowing just two runs in a complete game. He is 3-2 with a 2.13 ERA in six career appearance against the Twins.

Minnesota hands the ball to Joe Mays, who is 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA in seven career appearances against Oakland, which he faces for the first time this season.

Mays (3-5, 6.18) defeated Seattle on Tuesday, when he allowed two runs and nine hits in six innings. He has allowed two runs or less in four of his last six starts.

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