Red Sox shut down by Oakland, 5-0


Red Sox shut down by Oakland, 5-0

By SeanMcAdam

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Like Daisuke Matsuzaka before him, John Lackey made a nice turnaround from two poor starts. Unlike Matsuzaka on Monday, Lackey didn't have the benefit of any run support.

Pitching for the first time since the Red Sox' home opener, Lackey allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. But his teammates were blanked by Brett Anderson (eight innings) and Craig Breslow and Brian Fuentes (combined one inning) for a 5-0 loss, snapping Boston's modest three-game winning streak.

The Sox are winless (0-7) away from home this season, the only team without a road victory.

The Red Sox have not scored a run in their last 20 innings and the road and have been shutout in consecutive road games for the first time since Aug. 7-8, 2009.

After a two-out single by Adrian Gonzalez in the first, the Red Sox didn't collect another hit until the eighth.

The A's manufactured a run in the first when Coco Crisp singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a groundout by David DeJesus. They added four insurance runs off the Boston bullpen in the eighth -- with a two-run double by Hideki Matsui as the key hit -- to put the game safely out of reach.

Sean McAdam can be reached at Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Brown releases statement: 'I never struck my wife, and never would'


Brown releases statement: 'I never struck my wife, and never would'

Giants kicker Josh Brown released a statement via ESPN on Thursday

"I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."