Series notes: Red Sox at A's


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.


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.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics were in control most of the first half, but the Brooklyn Nets managed to stay within striking distance most of the first half which ended with the Celtics ahead, 64-58.

It was a high-scoring first half, the kind that one of the league’s top defenses shouldn’t experience.

But it is the first game of the season and the Celtics clearly have some kinks defensively to work out.

The Celtics led by as many as 13 points in the first half with contributions coming from several players in the starting unit as well as off the bench.

Boston has spent a good chunk of the preseason preaching the importance of good ball movement.

It was indeed on full display as Boston had 19 assists in the first half on 23 made baskets.

As for the Nets, Bogan Bogdanovic kept Brooklyn within striking distance most of the first half as he tallied 10 points through the first two quarters of play. Brooklyn also got a nice lift from Justin Hamilton who had 14 first-half points off the Brooklyn bench.

Here are our halftime Stars, Studs and Duds



Isaiah Thomas

Thomas was a more assertive player in the second quarter and it paid off for the him and the Celtics. He finished the half with a team-high 11 points in addition to doling out a game-high seven assists.

Jae Crowder

Boston displayed some crisp ball movement in the first half, and Crowder seemed to benefit from this more than any other Celtic. Through two quarters of play, Crowder has a team-high 10 points which included him making his first four shots from the floor.



Sean Kilpatrick

The Nets only have five players on their roster from last season’s disastrous 21-win club, and Kilpatrick showed why he’s one of the few holdovers. At the half, he had nine points off the bench to go with three rebounds.



Brook Lopez

He’s supposed to be the Nets’ best player, but you would not have known this by his play in the first half, The 7-foot Lopez was a non-factor through the first two quarters of lay, missing four of his five field goal attempts to go into the half with just three points.

Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline


Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Bills marking their territory in pre game warm ups with Matt Fairburn of Curran and Perry also discuss Dion Lewis’s possible return from a knee injury. Plus, the number histories of Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo, and Ryan Allen in the much ballyhooed segment “Hey, what’s ya number?”

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