Weary A's, Reds set for short two-game series

Carlos Osorio/APA’s starting pitcher Jesse Chavez takes his hat off after being relieved in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss in Detroit.

The Cincinnati Reds enjoyed a rare day off Monday, but they won't receive any sympathy for their plight from the similarly fatigued A's.

Cincinnati, which played 17 consecutive days before the day off, begins a two-game interleague set at O.co Coliseum in Oakland tonight.

Jay Bruce has been red hot over the last eight games, homering seven times before highlighting the Reds' 4-2 victory over Arizona on Sunday with a pair of doubles.

With four losses in their past five contests, the A's are showing signs of fatigue after logging 30 games over their past 31 days. Oakland's bullpen hasn't been distinguishing itself, with relievers picking up four of the team's losses in the last seven games. Seattle handed the A's their second straight setback Sunday after Kendrys Morales belted a three-run homer in the 10th inning of a 6-3 decision.

Tommy Milone will take the mound tonight for the A's. He suffered his second consecutive loss after yielding a season-high six runs on eight hits in 5¹⁄³ innings against Texas on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old has pitched well at home this season, but only has a 3-3 mark to show for it. Milone, who has never faced the Reds, has limited the opposition to a .230 batting average while recording a 2.48 ERA and 1.08 WHIP at O.co Coliseum.

Milone will be opposed the Reds' Bronson Arroyo, who has been saddled with three consecutive no-decisions despite having permitted just five earned runs over 20²⁄³ innings. The 36-year-old had won four of his previous five decisions to work his way back from a slow start to the season.

Oakland recorded a three-game sweep of Cincinnati in 2010 in the last meeting between the teams.

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