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