Series notes: Red Sox at A's

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Series notes: Red Sox at A's

Red Sox (5-10) at A's (8-8)

Series schedule

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. on NESN
Wednesday, 3:10 p.m. on NESN

Starting Pitchers

Tuesday: John Lackey (1-1, 15.58) vs. Brett Anderson (0-1, 2.29)
Wednesday: Clay Buchholz (0-2, 6.60) vs. Gio Gonzalez (2-0, 0.47)
Previous games

After a highly-publicized 2-10 start to the season, the Red Sox have won three straight, outscoring the Blue Jays 21-3 over that span. Their most recent victory came on Monday, when Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched them to a 9-1 win over Toronto. Despite their recent success, the Sox have yet to win a road game this season.

The As lost two straight games to the Tigers to open their last series, but they rebounded by winning the final pair. In their last game, Oakland cruised to a 5-1 victory over Detroit thanks to Trevor Cahills eight-inning, four-hit gem.

Head-to-head

Tuesday marks the first game between these teams this season. The Red Sox took five of the nine matchups against the A's last year, though both teams scored 41 runs over the nine games.

Anderson has faced J.D. Drew on three occasions and struck him out every time. Hideki Matsui has 6 hits in 14 at-bats against Buchholz. Lackey has surrendered just 4 hits to Coco Crisp in 27 at-bats. He has also beaten the As more than any other team during his career, going 17-5 with a 2.91 ERA in 31 starts against Oakland.
Whos hot?

Jed Lowrie is working on a seven-game hitting streak, piling up 15 hits over that span. During the streak, Lowrie has two homers, two doubles and nine RBI.

Conor Jackson has 5 hits in 11 at-bats over his last three games.

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

If there's any Patriots quarterback who should be getting meaningful time other than Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday in Carolina, it's not Tom Brady. It's Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett, obviously, will be the Patriots backup the first four games of the year, and the team has yet to go through the annual preseason exercise of subjecting him to the situation under which he's most likely to see time during the regular season. Typically, Bill Belichick will yank the starting QB out of the first half of an exhibition game unannounced and tell the backup to throw on his helmet and get out there. Brissett has yet to go through it, and you have to figure it's coming in the next two weeks.

Other than that, Garoppolo should see all the time while the starters are on the field. He's had little success going against the opposition's starters so far this month and needs every rep he can get. He needs to go through the routine of starting a prime-time game on the road, which will be the case Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Where does that leave Tom Brady? Stewing, probably. It's clear he wants to play. It's clear he wasn't happy missing last Thursday against Chicago and is pining for work Friday. If you were wondering how Brady would feel about losing time in training camp to Garoppolo as the Pats got ready for the regular season, you probably have your answer. He's not a fan.

There is a case to be made that the team and Belichick, in particular, owes Brady some love. Deflategate was dropped in Brady's lap from the start, and while the coach skated, the quarterback's sentence has finally become a reality. The Pats should want to make Brady happy. He deserves the respect.

But, ultimately, we ask the fallback Patriots question: What's best for the team? The answer isn't even close. Garoppolo deserves every snap, save for that potential emergency exercise with Brissett.

As for Brady's feelings? He'll get over it.

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches.