Clay and the A's

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Clay and the A's

Here's one more quick Red Sox post, while we wait for David Stern to stop dragging his feet and announce Rajon Rondo's suspension.

It's been more than 20 years since the Bash Brothers led the Oakland A's to three straight World Series appearances. It's been almost a decade since Zito, Hudson, Mulder and Moneyball led them to four straight trips to the playoffs. Hell, it's been five years since the A's finished with a winning record. Throw in the San Francisco Giants recent World Series title and times are tough for the Bay Area's other baseball team.

But not when they face Clay Buchholz. In fact, over Buchholz short career, he's been worse against the mediocre A's than any other team in baseball.

In five career starts, he's 1-2 with a 7.84 ERA and 2.34 WHIP. He's thrown 20.2 innings and given up 18 earned runs. He's struck out 15, but walked just as many. He's been awful. Much like he's been for most of this 2012 season.

Tonight at Fenway, he'll attempt to turn around his ugly Oakland history and inconsistent season in one felt swoop. Or frustrate the hell out of us trying.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP