OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Oakland Athletics try to
become the first team in 67 years to win 20 consecutive games on
Wednesday when they host the Kansas City Royals in the finale
of a two-game series at Network Associates Coliseum.
The Athletics have won 19 consecutive games, tying the 1906
Chicago White Sox for the third-longest streak in major league
history. The last team to win 20 straight games was the Chicago
Cubs, who reeled of 21 in a row in 1935.
The 1916 New York Giants have the longest winning streak in
major league history at 26 games.
Oakland has won its last two games in its last at-bat due to the
heroics of All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada. After hitting a
walkoff homer against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Tejada hit
a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth against Kansas
City on Monday as Oakland rallied for a 7-6 victory.
The A's have won their last nine games at home and have defeated
the Royals four times during the streak. They have won seven of
eight games against Kansas City this season.
Tim Hudson (12-9, 3.22 ERA) tries to extend his personal winning
streak six games on Wednesday. He has not lost since July 24
and is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last six outings.
Hudson defeated Minnesota on Friday, when he gave up two runs
and eight hits while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings. He has
allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts.
The 27-year-old righthander faced the Royals on July 5 and gave
up just one run in seven innings but did not receive a decision.
He is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA in five career starts against Kansas
The Royals hand the ball to ace Paul Byrd, who is 0-2 with a
5.91 ERA in two career starts against Oakland. He opposed the
A's on July 7, when he gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Byrd (15-10, 3.44) snapped a personal three-game losing streak
against Seattle on Friday. He gave up one run and 10 hits in 7
2/3 innings en route to his first win in more than a month.