Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (12-6)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (1-0, 4.50).
Pitching: RHP A.J. Griffin (2-0, 2.25).
Game time: 6:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Griffin: Salty 2-6, Napoli 0-4, Ellsbury 0-3, Nava 0-3, Ortiz 1-2, Pedroia 1-3, Ciriaco 0-2.
Athletics vs. Doubront: Reddick 0-3, Jaso 1-3, Crisp 2-2, Norris 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Sox were 1-8 against the Athletics last season, getting outscored, 60-26.
Notes: The Sox are tied with the Rangers for the best record in the league with Oakland a half-game behind. But the Sox have lost two straight and the A's three straight. ... Doubront is 0-2, 12.86 in two starts against the A's, both coming last season. He allowed 10 earned runs on 12 hits over seven innings but did strike out 14. ... Griffin was 1-0, 2.08 in two starts against the Red Sox, both coming last year. Oakland is 3-0 in his starts this season. ... Ellsbury has a 11-game hitting streak. He is 15 of 49 (.306) in those 11 games with 11 runs scored and four extra-base hits. ... Napoli has 20 RBIs in 18 games and 13 in the last 10. ... Pedroia has reached safely via hit or walk in all 18 games. ... Ortiz has a 14-game hitting streak dating back to July 2. ... Middlebrooks is 4 for 43 (.093) in his last 11 game with one RBI. ... Drew is 3 for 30 since coming off the disabled list. ... Andrew Miller has allowed four hits and six walks in four innings of work. ... Ex-Sox update: Lowrie is raking with Oakland (.382/.462/.632) while Josh Reddick is struggling (.113/.226/.208).
Song of the Day: "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" by Bob Dylan.