Red Sox (5-10) at A's (8-8)
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. on NESN
Wednesday, 3:10 p.m. on NESN
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)
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.
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.