Game 96: Red Sox at Athletics

Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (58-37)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Nava LF
Saltalamacchia C
Iglesias SS
Holt 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (8-5, 4.60).

ATHLETICS (54-39)
Crisp DH
Lowrie SS
Donaldson 3B
Cespedes LF,
Freiman 1B
Young CF
Reddick RF
Norris C
Green 2B
Pitching: RHP A.J. Griffin (7-6, 3.94).

Game time: 10:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Griffin: Salty 2-8, Napoli 2-6, Ellsbury 1-6, Nava 1-6, Ortiz 2-4, Pedroia 1-6, Victorino 1-3, Lavarnway 1-2.

Athletics vs. Lester: Crisp 2-7, Young 2-4, Cespedes 0-3, Donaldson 1-3, Freiman 0-1, Lowrie 2-3, Moss 1-3, Norris 0-2, Reddick 0-3, Smith 0-2.

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Stat of the Day: The Sox have the most wins in baseball. But their winning percentage (.611) is just slightly behind the 56-35 Cardinals (.615).

Notes: The Sox are 3-1 against the A’s this season after going 1-8 last year. … The Sox have won four straight and nine of 12. They start the day with a 4.5-game lead in the East. … Lester is 2-5, 6.49 in his last 10 starts. He is 4-3, 4.21 in 11 career starts against Oakland. That includes a rocky start on April 24 (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 5 K). … Griffin is 1-1, 5.29 in three starts against the Sox. He faced them on April 22 at Fenway and allowed seven earned runs over five innings. … The A’s have scored six runs in their last four games. … Pedroia has reached base safely in 17 of the last 18 games, hitting 27 of 43 (.370) with six extra-base hits and 14 RBIs. … Ortiz has 19 homers. Ted Williams had 16 seasons with 20 home runs for the Sox. Big Papi would join Dwight Evans and Jim Rice as Sox players with 11 20-home run seasons.

Song of the Day: “Once Upon A Time In The West” by Ennio Morricone.

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