Greetings from Oakland. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (57-37)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (6-6, 2.80).
Pitching: RHP Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.04).
Game time: 10:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Parker: Napoli 1-6, Ortiz 1-6, Pedroia 3-6, Salty 1-5, Nava 1-3.
Athletics vs. Lackey: Crisp 5-32, Jaso 5-12, Lowrie 1-5, Young 1-4, Smith 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox were 1-8 against the Athletics last season, getting outscored 60-26. They were 0-6 at Oakland Coliseum, getting outscored 45-10.
Notes: The Sox make the third stop on their West Coast trip. They were 4-3 against the Anglels and Mariners and now play three games against the Athletics. ... The Sox have the best record in the AL with the A's second. ... Lackey is 18-6, 2.91 in 33 career starts (and 213.2 innings) against Oakland. He is 8-5, 2.85 in 17 starts here. In his last 10 starts this season, Lackey is 5-2, 2.30. ... Parker is 2-0, 1.35 in two starts against the Sox, both coming last season. ... Ellsbury takes a 19-gamehit streak into the game. He is 33 of 80 (.413) in the streak with 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored. ... The Sox have scored 47 runs and had 78 hits in the first seven games of the trip. ... The Sox are 14-9 against the AL West. ... Former A's closer Andrew Bailey has been sharp of late for the Sox (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) in three appearances. ... Old friend Jed Lowrie is hitting .302/.370/.426 for the A's.
Song of the Day: "I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash.