Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (12-6)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (1-0, 4.50).
Pitching: RHP A.J. Griffin (2-0, 2.25).
Game time: 6:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Griffin: Salty 2-6, Napoli 0-4, Ellsbury 0-3, Nava 0-3, Ortiz 1-2, Pedroia 1-3, Ciriaco 0-2.
Athletics vs. Doubront: Reddick 0-3, Jaso 1-3, Crisp 2-2, Norris 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Sox were 1-8 against the Athletics last season, getting outscored, 60-26.
Notes: The Sox are tied with the Rangers for the best record in the league with Oakland a half-game behind. But the Sox have lost two straight and the A’s three straight. … Doubront is 0-2, 12.86 in two starts against the A’s, both coming last season. He allowed 10 earned runs on 12 hits over seven innings but did strike out 14. … Griffin was 1-0, 2.08 in two starts against the Red Sox, both coming last year. Oakland is 3-0 in his starts this season. … Ellsbury has a 11-game hitting streak. He is 15 of 49 (.306) in those 11 games with 11 runs scored and four extra-base hits. … Napoli has 20 RBIs in 18 games and 13 in the last 10. … Pedroia has reached safely via hit or walk in all 18 games. … Ortiz has a 14-game hitting streak dating back to July 2. … Middlebrooks is 4 for 43 (.093) in his last 11 game with one RBI. … Drew is 3 for 30 since coming off the disabled list. … Andrew Miller has allowed four hits and six walks in four innings of work. … Ex-Sox update: Lowrie is raking with Oakland (.382/.462/.632) while Josh Reddick is struggling (.113/.226/.208).
Song of the Day: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan.