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Saarloos opposes ex-A's righty Lidle

A's aim to rebound against familiar face

A's right-hander Kirk Saarloos will take on former Oakland righty Cory Lidle on Saturday in the second game of a three-game Interleague series against the visiting Phillies at McAfee Coliseum.

Saarloos could be making his last start for the A's, who likely will welcome Rich Harden back to the rotation next week. Saarloos, who was a reliever for most of his college career and has made two appearances out of the bullpen this season, hasn't pitched more than six innings in any of his 11 starts in 2005 and might need a strong outing to remain the team's No. 5 starter.

In the series opener Friday, the Phillies broke open a 1-0 game with five runs in the seventh inning and got 5 2/3 shutout innings from rookie Robinson Tejeda on the way to victory.

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Pitching matchup
PHI: RHP Cory Lidle
• 6-4, 4.18 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 22.09 ERA vs. OAK in 2004

OAK: RHP Kirk Saarloos
• 2-4, 4.65 ERA in 2005
• Did not face PHI in 2004

Players to watch
A's first baseman Scott Hatteberg is 3-for-6 with a homer, two doubles and six RBIs against Lidle.

Quotable
"I love it here. It's a good place to pitch." -- Lidle, who was with the A's in 2001-02

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
Gameday
Official game notes

On television
• OAK: FOX
• PHI: FOX

On radio
• OAK: KFRC-610 AM
• PHI: WPHT-1210 AM

Quick hits
As a member of the Reds last year, Lidle gave up nine runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings against the A's in an Interleague game in Oakland. ... Saarloos has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his past seven starts. ... This is the second regular-season series between the A's and Phillies. The Phils took two of three at Philly in 2003. ... Eric Byrnes, who did not start Friday, is batting .355 (27-for-76) in Oakland and .165 (13-for-79) on the road. He is 3-for-6 with two doubles and a homer on the current homestand.

On deck
• Sunday vs. Phillies, 1:05 p.m. PT
• Monday at Mariners, 7:05 p.m. PT
• Tuesday at Mariners, 7:05 p.m. PT

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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