The Red Sox reshuffled their lineup to kick off their series against the Oakland Athletics, putting outfielder Grady Sizemore in the five slot, followed by Xander Bogaerts, A.J. Pierzynski, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley.
|OAKLAND A'S||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Coco Crisp - CF||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Jed Lowrie - SS||Shane Victorino - RF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||David Ortiz - DH|
|Brandon Moss - 1B||Mike Napoli - 1B|
|Yoenis Cespedes - LF||Grady Sizemore - LF|
|A. Callaspo - DH||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Josh Reddick - RF||A.J. Pierzynski - C|
|John Jaso - C||W. Middlebrooks - 3B|
|Eric Sogard - 2B||Jackie Bradley - CF|
|Dan Straily - RHP||Clay Buchholz - RHP|
With the A's putting righty Dan Straily (1-1, 5.14 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 28 SO, 8 BB in 28.0 IP) on the mound for tonight's matchup, the lineup is understandably more left-handed heavy than it was against last night against lefty Cesar Ramos. Sizemore, who had last night off, hitting fifth is of interest due to the outfielder's well-noted struggles as of late.
Clay Buchholz gets the start tonight and is looking to build off his last start against the Blue Jays, when he went seven innings, allowing three runs, six hits, struck out and walked three hitters. Following a double header yesterday, manager John Farrell is hoping that Buchholz turns in a solid outing that lets him conserve his bullpen.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
Some game notes from Red Sox stat guru Jon Shestakofsky:
- The Red Sox rank 4th in the AL with 54 runs in their last 11 games beginning 4/20, averaging 4.9 runs per game in that stretch.
- The Red Sox are 10-5 against the A's at Fenway Park since the start of 2010, with a .303 AVG/.370 OBP/.533 SLG batting line in those games.
- Grady Sizemore has hit .322 (56-for-174) in 45 career games against Oakland, his best batting average against any AL team.