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Game 93: Red Sox at Athletics

The Sox start their West Coast swing tonight. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (52-40)
Marco Scutaro SS
Eric Patterson 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Daniel Nava LF
Darnell McDonald CF
Kevin Cash C

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-3, 4.56)

ATHLETICS (46-46)

Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Jack Cust DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Mark Ellis 2B
Gabe Gross RF
Rajai Davis LF
Cliff Pennington SS

Pitching: RHP Ben Sheets (4-8, 4.63)

Game time: 10:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI

State of the Sox: They have lost eight of their last 11 and start the day 6.5 games out of first place and 3.5 games out of the wild card.

Notes: Matsuzaka is 3-1 with a 4.18 ERA in six career starts against Oakland. He faced the Athletics on June 2 at Fenway Park, allowing three runs over 6.2 innings to get the win. … Oakland has won five straight after sweeping a three-game series at Kansas City. … Sheets took the loss against Matsuzaka on June 2, allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings. Sheets has a 3.99 ERA in his last six starts and could be a trade candidate in the next two weeks. … Kevin Youkilis was 7 for 11 in the Texas series with three doubles and two RBIs. He is up to .301. … The Sox are 22-20 on the road, having lost four of their last six.

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