July 4, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss (37) is congratulated for hitting a solo home run as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (foreground) looks on during the second inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Athletics 3, Red Sox 2: Boston Bats Quiet Again As Oakland Completes Sweep

David Ortiz hit homer #400, but the Athletics completed their sweep of the Red Sox Wednesday night as the Boston bats were kept quiet for the sixth time on this awful road trip.

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Enchanted No More: Boston Red Sox Have Lost Their Luster

At one time, the Boston Red Sox were chock-full of inspiration and enchantment. Alas, those days are long gone, and the Red Sox of 2012 are a shell of their former selves. Jen Royle shares her thoughts.

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Dustin Pedroia Likely Headed To Disabled List With Thumb Injury

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list with a with an injury to his right thumb, according to a league source. The injury is reportedly in a different spot than the torn adductor muscle that kept Pedroia out for six games in June.

Pedroia was held out against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday with what he called an injury to the backside of his thumb. He underwent tests Thursday, and the results apparently indicated that a trip to the DL would be necessary.

The Red Sox will likely make things official Friday before their tilt with the New York Yankees, at which time they will announce a corresponding roster move.

Pedroia has struggled since coming from his initial injury, hitting .210 with a .587 OPS.

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David Ortiz Is No Longer A Boston Red Sox (Figuratively, Not Literally)

David Ortiz is no longer a real Boston Red Sox... figuratively, not literally, of course.

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Final Score: Sox Swept After More Late Struggles Lead To 3-2 Loss

The Red Sox have been swept by the Oakland Athletics after a 3-2 loss on Wednesday, leaving them facing the possibility of a return to the bottom of the AL East with a Toronto victory.

While Aaron Cook was not quite as dominant as he was against the Mariners earlier in the road trip, he had a solid night that at least kept the Sox in the game. Brandon Moss would put the Athletics on top with a second inning homer, but Cook would pitch through the end of the fifth without giving up another run.

David Ortiz, meanwhile, had single-handedly got the Sox back to even with the Athletics. A.J. Griffin left a fastball high in the zone and over the plate in the fourth, and Ortiz didn't miss it. The final destination of the long drive to right was never in doubt, and as the fans scrambled to grab the loose ball Ortiz began his 400th trot around the bases at the major league level.

Ortiz would score again in the sixth thanks to an error that allowed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to stay out of the third out, pushing Ortiz to second from where he would score on an Adrian Gonzalez single up the middle.

Unfortunately, the Sox would repay the favor of defensive ineptitude in the bottom half of the inning as neither Mike Aviles nor Mauro Gomez could field a pop-up behind third base, losing the ball in the sun and giving up a free double. With Brandon Inge hitting a gapper immediately afterwards, the Athletics tied it up at 2-2.

The equalizer would unjustly count as an earned run against Aaron Cook, but the go-ahead tally he would allow to happen in the seventh was more clearly his fault. Ahead of Coco Crisp 0-2, Cook gave Crisp a pitch to hit and paid for it with a triple. With Jemile Weeks singling off of Andrew Miller immediately afterward, the A's took a 3-2 lead they would not surrender, leaving the Sox at 2-5 on this frustrating road trip.

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 3

The Sox are out to stave off the sweep behind the man who threw an 81-pitch two-hitter against the Mariners in his last outing: Aaron Cook.

We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in the Coliseum.

Athletics 3, Red Sox 2, End 8th -- Franklin Morales gets outs quickly enough in the eighth that he's allowed to finish the full frame. We're headed to the ninth with the Sox trailing by one.

Athletics 3, Red Sox 2, Mid 8th -- The Sox are down to their last three outs in Oakland after a 1-2-3 eighth ends with David Ortiz failing to check his swing on an 0-2 slider from Jerry Blevins.

Athletics 3, Red Sox 2, End 7th -- The Athletics strike again and seize the lead in the seventh. Despite getting ahead 0-2 on Coco Crisp, Aaron Cook gives him a meatball to hit on pitch three, and the result is a triple off the wall in right-center and the end of Cook's night. Andrew Miller can't keep the run out, immediately surrendering a single to Jemile Weeks that plates the go-ahead run. Miller, Albers, and Morales (in for an in-game bullpen session, effectively) combine to close out the inning, but now they're back behind the eight ball with just two innings left to play.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 2, Mid 7th -- A.J. Griffin is out, Grant Balfour is in, and the Sox are down 1-2-3 on just 10 pitches in the seventh, hitting three balls on the ground. Yet again it's a low-scoring late tie for the Sox.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 2, End 6th -- Perhaps not feeling proud of the way they took the lead, the Sox quickly surrender it in the bottom half of the inning, repaying the favor of the defensive mishap when neither Mike Aviles nor Mauro Gomez can find a one-out pop fly behind third. A gapper off the bat of Brandon Inge, and it was tied up again in a flash.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, Mid 6th -- An error from the Athletics allows the Sox to take the lead in the second. With David Ortiz on base via a walk and two outs, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a grounder towards second base and into the shift. Unfortunately for the Athletics, Jemile Weeks can only knock the ball down, keeping it away from the fielder backing him up and leaving Salty free to reach while Ortiz took second. With Adrian Gonzalez shooting a ground ball up the middle for a single behind them, the Sox took the lead 2-1.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, End 5th -- Aaron Cook gets a much-needed calm inning in the fifth, retiring the Athletics in order on just seven pitches. Once again Cook has been the model of efficiency, getting through the fifth with his pitch count under 70.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, Mid 5th -- Strikeouts of Cody Ross and Mike Aviles highlight a 1-2-3 fifth for A.J. Griffin, who is once again impressing in his third major league start. Through five frames, the Sox have just the two hits and a walk off of him.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, End 4th -- Cook finds himself in trouble once again, though this time it's not for a lack of grounders. The first one bounces off the glove of a diving Nick Punto, who's looked not at all like Pedroia in trying to make a number of difficult plays today. Another ground ball fails to erase the early baserunner as the throw to first arrives just late, and with Brandon Inge lacing a single into left afterwards, the A's once again have a runner in scoring position with one out.

A long fly ball shows that Cook isn't exactly getting stronger as the game goes on, but it doesn't lead to any runs, as Ryan Kalish manages to chase it down in center for the out before an easier fly ball ends the inning. Getting in trouble with ground balls and getting out of it with fly balls is just not Cook's game.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, Mid 4th -- David Ortiz reaches his milestone, cranking homer no. 400 on July 4th! Griffin leaves a fastball high and over the plate to Papi, and the All-Star DH doesn't miss it. The long drive is a no-doubter into the right field stands, allowing Papi to make his 400th trot around the bases in a major league game.

Athletics 1, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- Aaron Cook has to work hard for his outs in the third. Starting to lose control of his sinker and miss dangerously high, Cook surrenders a leadoff line drive single to Coco Crisp and then walks Josh Reddick to put two men on with one out. Cook goes back to his roots from there, however, getting a ground ball to short for an out, and anotherto Adrian Gonzalez, who makes a lengthy toss to Cook covering first to end the inning.

Athletics 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- A one-out walk from Nick Punto is all the Sox get in an inning of weak fly balls. At this point the offense is going to need more than just waking up. Someone get the defibrillator!

Athletics 1, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- Cook gives up two balls in the air, and one of them goes the distance as Sox castoff Brandon Moss takes him deep to dead center to give the Athletics yet the lead..

Red Sox 0, Athletics 0, Mid 2nd -- Mauro Gomez makes up for the single he gave up defensively by doubling to left field for his first major league hit. Unfortunately, it comes with two outs, and while Cody Ross puts the bat on the ball, his hard hit fly ball doesn't really test Yoenis Cespedes, ending the inning.

Red Sox 0, Athletics 0, End 1st -- Ground balls, ground balls, ground balls! A recipe for success with the regular Red Sox infield, but not so much so far today. Cook starts the game in good form with five straight ground balls, but Nick Punto can only dive in the way of one, leading to an infield single, and Mauro Gomez can't even do that as his statue-like range is exposed at third for the first time tonight. Thankfully, the fifth one goes right to Punto for an easy third out.

Red Sox 0, Athletics 0, Mid 1st -- The Sox stay true to their West Coast form with a 1-2-3 first. A long battle from Daniel Nava helped to build the pitch count on Griffin some, but it's still an unwanted slow start without anything in the way of hard contact and a strikeout from Papi.

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Lineup: Dustin Pedroia Out, Mauro Gomez Starts At Third

The Red Sox are in danger of being swept on July 4th as they take on the Oakland Athletics in the final game of what has been a frustrating West Coast trip. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.

Unfortunately, while the Sox could really use a win today, they're facing an uphill battle with events conspiring to put them behind the proverbial eight ball. With Aaron Cook having been bumped ahead of Franklin Morales for the Wednesday start, the Sox could use some good infield defense.

Instead, they've got Nick Punto at second in place of the top-class glove of Dustin Pedroia (out having jammed his thumb again), and Mauro Gomez playing third base--a position he's never performed well at--for the first time since 2009.

It's an ugly combination both in the lineup and on the field, but for now the injuries just won't stop.

Boston Red Sox (42-39)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Ryan Kalish, CF
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  5. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  6. Mauro Gomez, 3B
  7. Cody Ross, RF
  8. Mike Aviles, SS
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

Oakland Athletics (40-42)

  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  5. Seth Smith, DH
  6. Brandon Moss, 1B
  7. Derek Norris, C
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Cliff Pennington, SS


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Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Aaron Cook vs A.J. Griffin

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Final Score: Athletics Go From One Down To 3-2 Walkoff Win In Ninth

The Red Sox took a 2-1 advantage into the ninth, but the Athletics were the ones to finally capitalize on their late-inning opportunities, scoring twice in the final frame to knock the Sox off with a 3-2 walkoff win.

Both the Athletics and Red Sox got off to quick scoring starts, with Jon Lester giving up a solo shot to Coco Crisp to leadoff the game and Jarrod Saltalamacchia making up for it with a homer of his own in the second.

From there both Lester and Colon settled down, with Lester surrendering just another couple of hits through two outs in the seventh while racking up nine strikeouts. Colon responded in kind, finishing the sixth without any extra damage being done.

Then came the wasted opportunities for each side. In both the top of the eighth and top of the ninth, the Sox would put their first two baserunners on. The eighth would go awry due to strikeouts from Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, while the ninth was ruined by terrible fundamentals, with a bunt being popped up for a double play and Ryan Kalish making the last out at third on a caught stealing.

The Athletics had wasted a bases loaded situation in the eighth, but they came through in the ninth. With leadoff hits putting two men on with one out, a Brandon Moss single scored the equalizing run and moved the winning run to third, with a Coco Crisp sacrifice fly proving enough for a walkoff win.


Final - 7.3.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
Oakland Athletics 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 1
WP: Jerry Blevins (2 - 0)
LP: Alfredo Aceves (0 - 6)

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 1

The Red Sox are again out to avenge a series-opening loss as they take on the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night.

We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in the Coliseum.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, Mid 9th -- A fundamental failure of an inning costs the Red Sox insurance runs yet again. With the first two runners reaching again, Nick Punto fails to get a bunt down, instead popping it up to Chris Carter, who fired to Jemile Weeks for the double play. Ryan Kalish making the final out at third just completed the trifecta of awful play.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, End 8th -- A huge escape for Vicente Padilla keeps the Red Sox on top headed to the ninth. A single and an error put two men on base before an out was recorded, and a bunt moved the potential equalizing run 90 feet away with just one out. The Sox elected to load the bases with an intentional walk to Josh Reddick, setting up the potential inning-ending double play, but it turned out they wouldn't need it. Throwing just eight pitches to Yoenis Cespedes and Jonny Gomes, Jenks struck both batters out with fastballs away to end the frame without any damage.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, Mid 8th -- The Red Sox nearly put the game away, but instead just waste another big opportunity. After leadoff walks to Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, the Sox have their 4-5-6 pitchers go down without much of a fight, with only Adrian Gonzalez so much as putting the ball in play with a long fly ball to center. They've made this a lot harder on themselves than it needs to be.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, End 7th -- Despite striking out Brandon Inge after a one-out single, Jon Lester is not allowed to finish the seventh. Bobby Valentine's switch proves at least an equal one, however, as Vicente Padilla gets Seth Smith swinging on four pitches to end the frame.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, Mid 7th -- A good luck single for Mike Aviles does not lead to a lucky run for the Red Sox, as the Rest of the Sox go 1-2-3 around him. At just 87 pitches through seven innings, Bartolo could be in line for the complete game loss.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, End 6th -- Lester enjoys a quick sixth, and is improbably about to come out for the seventh with under 100 pitches on his arm. It's been an impressive recovery, and one Lester sorely needed. Hopefully he can finish it off cleanly enough to enter his last start before the All-Star break on a positive note.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, Mid 6th -- An Adrian Gonzalez single once again breaks up a 1-2-3 frame for Bartolo Colon, but the Sox are still stuck on just the two runs through six.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, End 5th -- Kurt Suzuki picks up the first hit in a while against Jon Lester on a single to right, but Coco Crisp strikes out right behind him to end the frame.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, Mid 5th -- A Daniel Nava single is all the Sox get in the fifth. They're in the lead, but it's been an uninspiring performance from the offense against Colon.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, End 4th -- Another pair of strikeouts get Lester through a 1-2-3 fourth. Since the first, he's been rolling--a great sign for a pitcher who has been struggling of late.

Red Sox 2, Athletics 1, Mid 4th -- Some well-timed bad defense from the Athletics helps the Red Sox to take the lead. Hits from David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez with one and two outs respectively puts runners on the corners for the Sox, and while Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a hard shot to first, it's right at first baseman Chris Carter. Unfortunately for the Athletics, Carter can't handle it, and Salty reaches as the run scores from third.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, End 3rd -- It still costs him 13 more pitches, but Lester picks up a pair of strikeouts, so at least he's making the best of them after his very slow stat.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, Mid 3rd -- Other than the Jarrod Saltalamacchia homer, Colon is rolling. A 1-2-3 bottom of the third leaves him just that one over the minimum through three.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, End 2nd -- Lester settles down in the second by striking out Brandon Inge in a 1-2-3 frame. Still, only a two-pitch groundout from Kurt Suzuki keeps his pitch count under 15 on the frame.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, Mid 2nd -- Responding quickly to his demotion to the sixth spot, Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasts a solo shot on a 2-1 changeup to right field to even the score at 1-1.

Athletics 1, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- Lester has felt he's the victim of bad luck of late, but in the first inning it's just bad pitching. A bad fastball to Coco Crisp leads to a leadoff Oakland homer, and some more bad pitches give Jemile Weeks a walk. Back-to-back strike outs mixed in with a single helps Lester to limit the damage to one run, but with over 30 pitches on his arm it's an inning to forget.

Red Sox 0, Athletics 0, Mid 1st -- The Red Sox have carried over their baserunner-wasting ways into yet another game. Daniel Nava leads off the game by taking a five-pitch walk from Bartolo Colon, but just four pitches later Dustin Pedroia tops off a fastball leading to a double play. With David Ortiz grounding out behind him, it's another 1-2-3 frame for Boston.

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Lineups: Cody Ross Cleans Up Against Right-Handed Bartolo Colon

The Red Sox are once again out to avenge a series-opening loss as they send Jon Lester to the mound against Bartolo Colon and the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night. First pitch is at 10:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

Will Middlebrooks is missing from the lineup for the second straight night, but that's not the only thing unusual about this batting order. Despite facing the right-handed Bartolo Colon, the Sox will bat lefty-masher Cody Ross fourth rather than catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The reasons behind this come from both sides. On the one hand, there's Salty's struggles. Just 5-for-30 over his last eight games, Salty has brought pop (two homers) but little else to the plate. Cody Ross, on the other hand, has been on a roll. And while he still hits lefties far better than righties, he's been putting up decent numbers against same-handed pitching as well.

Perhaps this is Bobby Valentine trying to play a more consistent lineup--Saltalamacchia has been batting cleanup against righties and Ross against lefties--or maybe it's just a reaction to recent events. Either way, it can hardly lead to a worse performance than Monday.

Boston Red Sox (42-38)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Cody Ross, RF
  5. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Ryan Kalish, CF
  8. Mike Aviles, SS
  9. Nick Punto, 3B

Oakland Athletics (39-42)

  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  5. Jonny Gomes, DH
  6. Chris Carter, 1B
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Brandon Hicks, SS
  9. Kurt Suzuki, C


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@ Oakland Athletics

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Jon Lester vs Bartolo Colon

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Bobby Jenks Released By Boston Red Sox

Bobby Jenks has been released by the Boston Red Sox. Jenks, who did not appear in a game this season, pitched in 19 games last season for the Red Sox, posting a 2-2 record with a 6.32 ERA, 17 strikeouts and 13 walks in 15.2 innings.

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Final Score: Sox Offense Flops After Daisuke Matsuzaka's Implosion In 5-1 Loss

Another miserable performance from the Red Sox' offense combined with a terrible outing from Daisuke Matsuzaka served to sink the Sox in their third straight series opener, 6-1.

The Red Sox would actually get off to a hot start offensively, as a double from Daniel Nava and single from Dustin Pedroia were good to score a run off of Jarrod Parker before the first out was recorded. A double play ruined any further potential the inning may have had, however, and Daisuke was unwilling to hold the lead for more than two outs, serving up a solo shot to Josh Reddick in the bottom of the inning.

From there, it was all Oakland. Matsuzaka completely crumbled in the second inning, allowing the first two batters to reach before floating an awful 89 MPH fastball dead center over the plate to Brandon Moss, who hooked it to right for a three-run shot. With the next two batters also reaching, Matsuzaka was lifted for Clayton Mortensen, who managed to keep the Athletics to just one more run in the inning, leaving the Sox behind 5-1.

Mortensen would hold down the fort, but a combination of inopportune hitting and perfectly placed fielders would keep the Sox down, trending towards the former as the game went on. The worst came in the seventh, when with Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Ross reaching to start the inning, the Sox came up with a groundout and two strikeouts to score not a one. With the A's adding a sixth run against the Sox in the sixth inning, there was no coming back late, leaving the Sox at 2-3 on their West Coast road trip.


Final - 7.2.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Boston Red Sox 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Oakland Athletics 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 6

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 1

The Red Sox are set to kick off their three-game set against the Athletics as Daisuke Matsuzaka takes on Jarrod Parker.

We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in the Coliseum.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 1, End 8th -- Melancon adds to his sterling body of mop-up work with another 1-2-3 frame. Given the five-run deficit and three outs remaining, however, it doesn't seem like it's going to factor into the outcome all that much.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 1, Mid 8th -- The Sox are back to being difficult to watch, it seems. While a trip out west can effect the best of offenses, especially playing in parks like Safeco and the Coliseum, the Sox now have 10 runs in some 46 innings. It's getting painful to watch all the wasted baserunners and impatient outs. Add in an early Daisuke game, and this game has been an absolute slog.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 1, End 7th -- Mark Melancon enjoys a quick 1-2-3 frame, striking out Jemile Weeks for the middle out.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 1, Mid 7th -- The Sox' embarrassing offensive performance continues, as they strand a pair of leadoff batters with a ground ball out from Ryan Kalish, and strikeouts from Nick Punto and Daniel Nava, the latter coming against reliever Sean Doolittle, as Parker finally leaves the game in the seventh.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 1, End 6th -- As Mortensen's pitch count rises higher and higher, the A's finally add to their tally against the de facto long relief man. Back-to-back singles with one out and a sacrifice fly is all it takes, as Ryan Kalish makes a terrific sliding grab in center to keep the sacrifice from turning into anything further.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 1, Mid 6th -- The Sox waste another runner, this time a leadoff one, as Ortiz' single is erased after a Jarrod Saltalamacchia fly ball by an Adrian Gonzalez double play. This just has not been Boston's night at the plate.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 1, End 5th -- Clayton Mortensen is now through four innings out of the pen, with the only damage against him coming from Daisuke Matsuzaka's baserunners. It was stuff like this which had the organization considering a role change for Mortensen before he had to come back up to the major league pen.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 1, Mid 5th -- The hard contact keeps coming for the Red Sox, but so do the perfectly-placed fielders for the Athletics. It's a lament all-too-familiar to Red Sox fans who just lived through a very frustrating series against the Seattle Mariners.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 1, End 4th -- Mortensen works around another walk with a bit of help from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who guns down Cliff Pennington to end the inning.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 1, Mid 4th -- The back-end of the lineup can't cash in on the strong start from the middle-of-the-order, as an Adrian Gonzalez single and Cody Ross walk are wasted by a pair of ground balls from Ryan Kalish an Mike Aviles in a scoreless fourth.

Althetics 5, Red Sox 1, End 3rd -- Clayton Mortensen enjoys a 1-2-3 inning, thus adding himself to the pool of players ready to take all of Daisuke's future starts.

It's a big pool.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 1, Mid 3rd -- The Sox have something of an unjust inning, as the three hardest hit balls go for outs--two line drives hit right at outfielders start the inning, and a fast ground ball from David Ortiz goes into the shift to end it--while Dustin Pedroia cues a ground ball up the middle that ends up going for a seeing-eye single. Still, all that really matters is the zero on the scoreboard.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 1, End 2nd -- And just like that, after an encouraging start in his last outing, Daisuke Matsuzaka completely falls to pieces. Throwing in the high 80s with no deception, Matsuzaka surrenders a double to Seth Smith, walks Derek Norris, and then offers up a total meatball to Brandon Moss, who takes him predictably deep to right. Matsuzaka gives up another pair of no-out baserunners before being pulled for Clayton Mortensen, who walks the first batter he faces before getting a pop-up, sacrifice fly, and ground ball to limit the damage to just the one additional run.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, Mid 2nd -- The second inning goes better for Jarrod Parker, who enjoys a 1-2-3 frame with a pair of ground outs. One hopes this isn't a matter of a young pitcher being allowed to settle in after a shaky start.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 1, End 1st -- One bad pitch makes for a mediocre first for Daisuke. A straight fastball down the middle is not what you want to offer to Josh Reddick, but Daisuke does just that, and Reddick puts a solo shot in the middle of three outs.

Red Sox 1, Athletics 0, Mid 1st -- The Red Sox jump out to an early lead on a pair of quick hits. Daniel Nava takes the third pitch of the game and hits a ringing double to right field, and Pedroia goes the same way, dumping an off-speed offering up-and-away into right field for the RBI. The Sox don't take full advantage of the situation, as David Ortiz grounds into a double play behind Pedroia, but still a fast start.

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Lineups: Will Middlebrooks Out With Sore Hamstring

The Red Sox will be without Will Middlebrooks Monday night as they kick off their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. First pitch is at 10:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

After leaving Sunday's game in the late-going, Will Middlebrooks will be absent from Monday's lineup with a sore hamstring, pushing Nick Punto into the starting role at least for the day. Punto will bat ninth behind Mike Aviles, who's returning after missing most of Sunday's game with an illness.

Otherwise, the Sox will stick to their typical lineup vs. right-handed pitchers against Jarrod Parker.

Boston Red Sox (42-37)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  5. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  6. Cody Ross, RF
  7. Ryan Kalish, CF
  8. Mike Aviles, SS
  9. Nick Punto, 3B

Oakland Athletics (38-42)

  1. Coco Crisp, DH
  2. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  5. Seth Smith, LF
  6. Derek Norris, C
  7. Brandon Moss, 1B
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Cliff Pennington, SS

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@ Oakland Athletics

Monday, Jul 2, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Daisuke Matsuzaka vs Jarrod Parker

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics: Sox Finish Their West Coast Trip In Oakland

The Red Sox are out to keep gaining ground in the AL East and perhaps even move into a wild card spot as they take on the Athletics in Oakland.

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