Here is a preview of the game:
RED SOX (62-72)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 5.10)
Pitching: LHP Brett Anderson (2-0. 0.64)
Game time: 4:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Anderson: Salty 3-15, Pedroia 2-12, Ellsbury 0-11, Podsednik 3-6, Aviles 1-3, Kalish 2-3, Ross 0-1.
Athletics vs. Matsuzaka: Gomes 2-13, Pennington 1-5, Rosales 1-6, Smith 3-3, Crisp 0-4, Drew 1-3, Cespedes 0-1, Moss 1-1, Norris 0-0 (BB), Reddick 1-q.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 21-35 since July 1.
Notes: The Sox have lost five straight and 10 of 13. They have been outscored 27-3 in this series and have lost seven straight against Oakland this season. ... The A's have won eight straight. ... The Sox are 15 games out of first place for the first time since Sept. 29, 2001. ... The Sox are 69-92 in their last 161 games. ... Matsuzaka is 4-2, 4.73 in eight career starts against Oakland. He faced them July 2 and didn't get an out in the second inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks. He went on the DL the next day with a strained trapezius muscle. ... Anderson has pitched brilliantly in two starts since coming off the DL on Aug. 21 following a season-long rehab of Tommy John surgery. He is 4-2, 2.86 against the Red Sox in his career. ... Sox pitchers have a 7.11 ERA in their last 12 games. ... Pedroia takes a 12-game hit streak into the game.
Song of the Day: "Hate & War" by The Clash