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.

It was still a banner year for Celtics, according to Bleacher Report tweet

It was still a banner year for Celtics, according to Bleacher Report tweet


Minutes after the Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, the folks at Bleacher Report tweeted a video that celebrated the C’s one victory in the series. 

Ouch. 

There are 17 Celtics championship banners that actually exist and hang at TD Garden. You won’t be seeing one for being a “finalist” or celebrating an actual sweep, such as Spurs over Cavs in the NBA Finals.