Athletics-Red Sox Preview
After finally recording a win on their road trip, the Oakland
Athletics hope Brett Anderson is healthy enough to help them take
the series from Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox.
While Anderson looks to avoid a third straight rough start,
Lester tries to remain undefeated in Wednesday’s series finale.
After Oakland (13-8) scored four runs while being swept in a
three-game set at Tampa Bay and lost 9-6 at Boston on Monday, Seth
Smith homered and Bartolo Colon pitched seven solid innings during
a rain-shortened, 13-0, seven-inning rout Tuesday.
The A’s took advantage of eight walks, two balks and two errors
by the Red Sox (13-7) to post a much-needed victory. John Jaso and
Brandon Moss each had three hits with two RBIs for Oakland, which
has scored a major league-leading 119 runs.
Boston, meanwhile, has dropped three of four after it won seven
in a row.
“The weather conditions weren’t ideal, but to say that it was a
major distraction, I don’t know that we can go that far. We see
what Bartolo did against us,” Red Sox manager John Farrell
Former Boston outfielder Coco Crisp added two hits with two RBIs
after going 1 for 10 in three contests following a 12-game hitting
Looking for a 10th win in 11 games versus Boston, the A’s will
try to get the best of Lester (3-0, 1.73 ERA).
The left-hander has not allowed a homer and struck out 23 in 26
innings in four starts. He gave up two runs and four hits in seven
innings of a 6-3 win at Cleveland on Thursday.
“Lester has a lot of ways to attack hitters,” his former manager
and current Cleveland skipper Terry Francona told the Red Sox’s
official website. “Whether it’s depth on his two-seamer or life on
the fastball, and then he’s got that cutter. And he threw an
occasional breaking ball. He has a lot of ways of opening up the
Lester is 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 starts versus Oakland, which
hopes Anderson (1-3, 5.95) can get back on track after two straight
rough outings and improve on his 5-2 mark and 2.70 ERA in eight
starts against the Red Sox.
The left-hander yielded two runs in each of his first two starts
but allowed 11 and walked five while striking out three in 6 2-3
innings to lose his last two. He gave up four runs in the first
inning of an 8-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday before leaving with a
Anderson, however, appears healthy to return to the mound
“I can obviously feel it a little bit when running,” Anderson
told the Athletics’ official website. “Other than that, it feels
Batting .308 (4 for 13) with a double against Anderson, David
Ortiz had one of Boston’s three hits off Colon. Ortiz is 6 for 12
in three games since starting the season on the disabled list with
an Achilles injury.