Game 81: Red Sox at Athletics

Here’s a preview of Tuesday night’s game:

RED SOX (42-38)
Nava LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
Gonzalez 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Kalish CF
Aviles SS
Punto 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-5, 4.53)

Pitching: RHP Bartolo Colon (6-7, 4.22)

Game time: 10:05 p.m.


Lester vs. Athletics: Suzuki 3-14, Gomes 4-12, Inge 0-3, Crisp 1-2, Pennington 0-2, Weeks 0-2.

Colon vs. Red Sox: Ortiz 6-45 (with 15 strikeouts), Gonzalez 4-15, Salty 2-9, Pedroia 1-7, Shoppach 1-8, Punto 2-5, Ross 1-3, Aviles 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Reddick is 5 of 15 with three extra-base hits and five RBIs in four games since the Red Sox.

Notes: The Sox are 2-3 on their road trip and 1-3 against Oakland this season. … Lester is 3-3, 4.53 in nine career starts against the Athletics, 1-2, 4.58 in three starts at Oakland. … The Sox have won only seven of their last 25 games at Oakland Coliseum and 11 of the last 32. … Colon is coming off the DL to start. He is 8-11, 4.08 in 25 career appearances against the Sox. … Colon had a good start to the season but was 3-5, 5.74 in the nine starts before he went on the DL. … The Red Sox offense has scored 10 runs and hit .215 in five games on the road trip. … Gonzalez has hit in 13 straight at 19 of 55 (.345). … The Red Sox bullpen has a 2.00 ERA since April 23. … Ortiz had had 17 at-bats since his 399th career home run.


Song of the Day: “California Stars” by Billy Bragg and Wilco.

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