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10/05/2003  1:33 AM ET 
No time to celebrate or stew
Hudson, Burkett battle in Game 4 at Fenway
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Tim Hudson will try to snap Oakland's seven-game losing streak in series clinchers over the last four years Sunday in Game 4 at Fenway Park. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
BOSTON -- It'll be a short turnaround for everybody Sunday when Game 4 of the American League Division Series between the A's and Red Sox continues at Fenway Park, but for Oakland starter Tim Hudson, it'll be even more so.

The Red Sox staved off a sweep when Trot Nixon belted a walk-off home run in Game 3 on Saturday night for a 3-1 win in 11 innings, and with a 1:05 p.m. ET start scheduled Sunday, both teams will take the field roughly 15 hours after leaving it.

Hudson will take the mound opposite Boston's John Burkett, and he'll be doing it on three days of rest for the first time since last year's playoffs. That experience didn't go so well; Hudson lost Game 4 of the ALDS to the Twins, and the A's also lost Game 5.

"Physically, I feel fine with it," Hudson said Saturday. "It's the playoffs. You go out there and do some things you wouldn't normally want to do during the season."

For Oakland, Sunday's game will be the eighth over the past four postseasons in which a victory would put them in the AL Championship Series. They are 0-7 in such games.

Burkett, making his first appearance of the 2003 postseason, will be looking to help the Sox extend their season. A win would force the series back to Oakland for Game 5 and a probable matchup between Game 2 winner Barry Zito and Boston ace Pedro Martinez.

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



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