Greetings from Oakland. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (57-37)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (6-6, 2.80).
Pitching: RHP Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.04).
Game time: 10:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Parker: Napoli 1-6, Ortiz 1-6, Pedroia 3-6, Salty 1-5, Nava 1-3.
Athletics vs. Lackey: Crisp 5-32, Jaso 5-12, Lowrie 1-5, Young 1-4, Smith 1-2.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox were 1-8 against the Athletics last season, getting outscored 60-26. They were 0-6 at Oakland Coliseum, getting outscored 45-10.
Notes: The Sox make the third stop on their West Coast trip. They were 4-3 against the Anglels and Mariners and now play three games against the Athletics. … The Sox have the best record in the AL with the A’s second. … Lackey is 18-6, 2.91 in 33 career starts (and 213.2 innings) against Oakland. He is 8-5, 2.85 in 17 starts here. In his last 10 starts this season, Lackey is 5-2, 2.30. … Parker is 2-0, 1.35 in two starts against the Sox, both coming last season. … Ellsbury takes a 19-gamehit streak into the game. He is 33 of 80 (.413) in the streak with 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored. … The Sox have scored 47 runs and had 78 hits in the first seven games of the trip. … The Sox are 14-9 against the AL West. … Former A’s closer Andrew Bailey has been sharp of late for the Sox (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) in three appearances. … Old friend Jed Lowrie is hitting .302/.370/.426 for the A’s.
Song of the Day: “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash.