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Game 80: Red Sox at Athletics

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 2, 2012 06:15 PM

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Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game tonight:

RED SOX (42-37)
Nava LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Saltalamacchia C
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Kalish CF
Aviles SS
Punto 3B
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 4.91)

ATHLETICS (38-42)
Crisp CF
Weeks 2B
Reddick RF
Cespedes DH
Smith LF
Norris C
Moss 1B
Inge 3B
Pennington SS
Pitching: RHP Jarrod Parker (4-3, 2.57)

Game time: 10:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Parker: Aviles 0-3, Gonzalez 0-3, Ortiz 0-3, Pedroia 1-3, Punto 0-1, Ross 2-3, Salty 1-3.

Athletics vs. Matsuzaka: Gomes 2-13, Suzuki 4-11, Inge 1-9, Pennington 1-5, Smith 2-2, Crisp 0-3.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 11-20 at Oakland since the start of the 2005 season and 24-13 against the A's at Fenway Park.

Notes: The Sox continue their road trip with three games at Oakland Coliseum. ... Matsuzaka is making his fifth start of the season and coming off his best one. He allowed one run over 5.2 innings against Toronto on Tuesday. ... Dice-K is trying to become the third Japanese pitcher with 50 career wins in the majors. Hideo Nomo (123) and Tomo Ohka (51) top the list with Matsuzaka (49) and Hiroki Kuroda (49) tied for third. ... Matsuzaka is 4-1, 3.69 in seven career starts against Oakland. He will be facing them for the first time since July 19, 2010. ... Parker, 23, is facing the Red Sox for the second time this season. He allowed one run on four hits over 6.2 innings on May 1 at Fenway. ... Gonzalez has a 12-game hitting streak (18 of 51), the longest active streak in the majors.

Song of the Day: "Once Upon a Time In the West" by Ennio Morricone.

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