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Game 95: Red Sox at Athletics

The Sox have a day game in Oakand. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (53-41)
McDonald LF
Lowrie SS
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Beltre 3B
Drew RF
Cameron CF
Hall 2B
Brown C

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (10-4, 2.45).

ATHLETICS (47-47)

Pennington SS
Barton 1B
Suzuki C
Cust DH
Kouzmanoff 3B
Ellis 2B
Watson LF
Davis RF
Crisp CF

Pitching: LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-6, 3.63)

Game time: 3:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI

State of the Sox: The Sox missed a chance to gain ground in the division and wild card races when they lost 5-4 in 10 innings last night. They remain six out in the division and 3.5 out in the wild card. The Sox have lost four of their last six and nine of 13.

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Welcome back: Buchholz will be pitching for the first time since June 26 when he strained his lower left hamstring while running the bases in San Francisco. The All-Star was 7-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his eight starts before the Giants game. He’s pitching at Oakland for the first time in his career.

The gist on Gio: The 24-year-old has faced the Red Sox once in his career, giving up three runs in five innings on June 1.

Extra, extra: The Sox are 3-8 in extra innings.

Laying it down: Darnell McDonald has nine sacrifice hits, most for Red Sox since Coco Crisp had nine in 2007. The last player with more was Darren Lewis with 14 in 1999.

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Other stuff: The Red Sox have 222 doubles. With 68 games left, they could break the record of 376 set by the Rangers in 2008. … Daniel Bard has not allowed a run in 12.2 innings.

Hope you enjoy the game

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