Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (13-6)
Pitching: RHP Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 6.28).
Pitching: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-0, 3.32).
Game time: 6:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Colon: Ortiz 7-48, Gomes 5-13, Salty 3-12, Pedroia 1-10, Ellsbury 2-7, Napoli 3-8, Nava 1-2, Victorino 1-2, Ross 0-1.
Athletics vs. Aceves: Jaso 2-6, Crisp 1-3, Reddick 0-4, Lowrie 0-1, Moss 2-2, Smith 0-2, Norris 1-1.
Stat of the Day: Ortiz has hit in 15 straight games. Eleven of those games came in July, one in August and three in April. He has hit .451 in that stretch with six extra-base hits, eight RBIs and 14 walks.
Notes: The Sox have won 8 of 10. … Oakland has dropped four straight. The A’s have scored 10 runs in those four games and hit .175. … Aceves is 3-1, 5.17 in nine career appearances against Oakland, all in relief. This is his third start of the season. He allowed five runs on 13 hits and six walks over 10 innings in the first two and struck out six. … Colon is 8-11, 3.98 in 26 career appearances against the Sox. He faced them once last season, allowing one earned run over six innings on July 3. … Ellsbury has a 12-game hit streak. He has hit a modest .308 (16 of 52) in the streak but has scored 11 runs. … Napoli has 14 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs in 19 games. … The Sox have struck out 99 times in the last 10 games. … Andrew Bailey converted four of five save opportunities he had in Joel Hanrahan’s absence, allowing two runs over six innings with two walk and nine strikeouts.
Song of the Day: “Change Of The Guard” by Steely Dan.