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.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

BOSTON – The return of Avery Bradley was a good thing for the Boston Celtics, but it wasn’t enough for them to control the action in the first half of Monday’s game against the Hawks who took a 51-47 lead into the half.

Bradley, who had missed previous 18 games and 22 of 23, had six points in the first half on 2-for-4 shooting.

The Celtics opened the game with a 7-2 spurt and led by as many as eight points (15-7) in the first before the Hawks begin to cut into Boston’s lead and eventually take their first lead of the night following a 3-point play by Paul Millsap with 4:20 to play in the quarter which put them ahead 18-15 as part of an 11-0 run.

Boston would regain the lead before both teams went into the second quarter tied at 24.

The second quarter saw Boston hit one of those scoring lulls that they go through from time to time.

But unlike last night’s win at Detroit when they went nearly four minutes without scoring, Atlanta’s offense did a much better job of taking advantage of Boston’s struggles.

Atlanta went on a 9-2 spurt in the second quarter capped off by a Kent Bazemore lay-up that put the Hawks ahead 35-31.

Boston rallied soon after with Bradley leading the charge.

Bradley drained a 3-pointer that cut Atlanta’s lead to 35-34.

A defensive stop by Boston led the way for an Isaiah Thomas lay-up that put the Celtics back on top, leading to the Hawks calling a time-out with 6:18to play in the half.

Atlanta tightened up defensively, doing just enough to go into the half with a four-point lead.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

 

STARS

Dennis Schroder

He really came out and set the tone for the Hawks, scoring eight of his 10 first-half points in the first quarter.

Isaiah Thomas

Atlanta did a nice job of blitzing Thomas and forcing him to pass the ball. But Thomas is a professional scorer so you knew it was a matter of time before he got going offensively. He led the Celtics with nine points at the half, in addition to dishing out five assists while also grabbing five rebounds.

Dwight Howard

The Celtics simply could not keep him from dominating play around the rim. He led all scorers at the half with 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds.

 

STUDS

Marcus Smart

When the offense seemed to stall, it was Smart who kept the Celtics within striking distance in the second quarter. He had seven points at the half along with three rebounds and an assist.

Paul Millsap

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (he missed six of his seven shots), but his presence was felt. He had five points at the half along with nine rebounds.

 

DUDS

Celtics rebounding

It really is an adventure when it comes to the Boston Celtics and rebounding the ball. Tonight, they have not been very good, with the Hawks holding a decisive 32-21 rebounding edge which has allowed them to hold a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint, an 8-2 edge on second-chance points in addition to leading the fast break points game, 7-4.

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