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TODAY: DEVIL RAYS AT ATHLETICS

WHEN/WHERE: 4:05; Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports Net; WFLA-AM 970, WLCC-AM 760 (Spanish).

PITCHERS: Tampa Bay _ RHP Albie Lopez. Oakland _ RHP Tim Hudson.

NOTES: Runs should be at a premium in this battle of staff aces. Lopez left his last start after three innings with a left calf strain but says he is ready to go. He is 9-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts since joining the rotation May 28. Lopez is 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA in five games at the Coliseum. Hudson has won his past two outings, allowing two runs in 16 innings. He pitched 7 shutout innings against the Rays Sept. 10 at Tropicana Field, striking out 11.

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In this bay area, sports fans are bracing for a wild weekend. The A's and Giants, both battling for playoff spots, are at home. Today, Cal and Stanford host college football games. And the big day is Sunday, when the A's, Giants and NFL 49ers are at home on the same day for the first time in history. Until the Giants moved into Pac Bell Park this year, they shared the old Candlestick Park (now 3Com Park) with the 49ers.

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