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Game 81: Red Sox at Athletics

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 3, 2012 06:00 PM

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Here's a preview of Tuesday night's game:

RED SOX (42-38)
Nava LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
Gonzalez 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Kalish CF
Aviles SS
Punto 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-5, 4.53)

ATHLETICS (39-42)
TBA
Pitching: RHP Bartolo Colon (6-7, 4.22)

Game time: 10:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Lester vs. Athletics: Suzuki 3-14, Gomes 4-12, Inge 0-3, Crisp 1-2, Pennington 0-2, Weeks 0-2.

Colon vs. Red Sox: Ortiz 6-45 (with 15 strikeouts), Gonzalez 4-15, Salty 2-9, Pedroia 1-7, Shoppach 1-8, Punto 2-5, Ross 1-3, Aviles 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Reddick is 5 of 15 with three extra-base hits and five RBIs in four games since the Red Sox.

Notes: The Sox are 2-3 on their road trip and 1-3 against Oakland this season. ... Lester is 3-3, 4.53 in nine career starts against the Athletics, 1-2, 4.58 in three starts at Oakland. ... The Sox have won only seven of their last 25 games at Oakland Coliseum and 11 of the last 32. ... Colon is coming off the DL to start. He is 8-11, 4.08 in 25 career appearances against the Sox. ... Colon had a good start to the season but was 3-5, 5.74 in the nine starts before he went on the DL. ... The Red Sox offense has scored 10 runs and hit .215 in five games on the road trip. ... Gonzalez has hit in 13 straight at 19 of 55 (.345). ... The Red Sox bullpen has a 2.00 ERA since April 23. ... Ortiz had had 17 at-bats since his 399th career home run.

Song of the Day: "California Stars" by Billy Bragg and Wilco.

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