Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (30-26)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-3, 3.41)
Pitching: LHP Josh Outman (1-0, 2.08)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Notes: The Sox return from their day off in second place, two games behind the Yankees. … The Sox have lost four straight, the longest active losing streak in the majors. … The Sox are 23-26 against Oakland the last six years including a 1-1 series earlier this season in California. … Buchholz is 1-2, 7,31 in four career starts against Oakland but held the As to one run over 5.1 innings on April 20 in a 5-3 victory. … Outman will be making his third start since being called up from Class AAA Sacramento. He has allowed three runs over 13 innings. … Youkilis is 5 for 35 with one extra-base hit and two RBIs in his last nine games. His batting average has dropped from .281 to .254. … Crawford is 2 for 17 in the last five games. … This is the 9th time in the last 16 games J.D. Drew hasn’t started.
Athletics vs. Buchholz: Suzuki 4-7, Ellis 4-9, Barton 2-5, Matsui 6-16, Crisp 2-6, Sweeney 2-6, DeJesus 2-7, Kouzmanoff 1-4, Pennington 1-5.
Red Sox vs. Outman: Crawford 0-3, Saltalamacchia 0-3, Gonzalez 0-1.
Note of the Day: Ortiz is hitting .313/.382/.582 with 13 homers and 28 RBIs. Among designated hitters, he is first in OPS, home runs and slugging and third in RBIs and batting average.
Song of the Day: “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” by Billy Joel.