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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).


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.


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.


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.


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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