Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (30-26)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-3, 3.41)
Pitching: LHP Josh Outman (1-0, 2.08)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Notes: The Sox return from their day off in second place, two games behind the Yankees. ... The Sox have lost four straight, the longest active losing streak in the majors. ... The Sox are 23-26 against Oakland the last six years including a 1-1 series earlier this season in California. ... Buchholz is 1-2, 7,31 in four career starts against Oakland but held the As to one run over 5.1 innings on April 20 in a 5-3 victory. ... Outman will be making his third start since being called up from Class AAA Sacramento. He has allowed three runs over 13 innings. ... Youkilis is 5 for 35 with one extra-base hit and two RBIs in his last nine games. His batting average has dropped from .281 to .254. ... Crawford is 2 for 17 in the last five games. ... This is the 9th time in the last 16 games J.D. Drew hasn't started.
Athletics vs. Buchholz: Suzuki 4-7, Ellis 4-9, Barton 2-5, Matsui 6-16, Crisp 2-6, Sweeney 2-6, DeJesus 2-7, Kouzmanoff 1-4, Pennington 1-5.
Red Sox vs. Outman: Crawford 0-3, Saltalamacchia 0-3, Gonzalez 0-1.
Note of the Day: Ortiz is hitting .313/.382/.582 with 13 homers and 28 RBIs. Among designated hitters, he is first in OPS, home runs and slugging and third in RBIs and batting average.
Song of the Day: "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" by Billy Joel.