The Red Sox can only hope to dodge a four-game sweep Sunday afternoon as they send Jon Lester to the mound against the Oakland Athletics.
|BOSTON RED SOX||OAKLAND A'S|
|Brock Holt - RF||Craig Gentry - CF|
|Xander Bogaerts - 3B||Jed Lowrie - SS|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Yoenis Cespedes - LF|
|David Ortiz - DH||Josh Donaldson - DH|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Derek Norris - C|
|Jonny Gomes - LF||Kyle Blanks - 1B|
|J. Herrera - SS||A. Callaspo - 3B|
|David Ross - C||Stephen Vogt - RF|
|Jackie Bradley - CF||Nick Punto - 2B|
After finally scoring more than two runs on Friday night, the Red Sox went ahead and averaged that out yesterday with a one-run effort (that probably should have been zero) against Jesse Chavez. Today they'll have Xander Bogaerts back in the order, but that hasn't really made much of a difference in recent weeks.
The lineup is right-handed heavy, at least, against the lefty Tommy Milone, and Milone's numbers aren't quite as good as the rest of Oakland's impressive rotation. But Chavez, though he seems to be a legitimately good pitcher, was not at his best last night at all, and the Red Sox still couldn't do anything even against his hanging breaking balls.
First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.