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Series Preview: 6/4 - 6/7 @ Oakland

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Monday, June 4, 2007
Julian Tavarez (3-4, 5.40) @ Dan Haren (6-2, 1.64)

Red Sox: Tavarez will make this start on seven days of rest, as the Red Sox used their off-day to make some adjustments to the rotation. Tavarez has been solid in May, going 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA in five outings. In his last start, he surrendered a 3-0 lead by giving up four runs in the bottom of the sixth. He took a no decision in a game the Red Sox went on to win. Tavarez is 1-1 lifetime against the A’ with a 4.85 ERA.

A's: Haren, the American League ERA leader, was brilliant yet again his last time out, holding the visiting Rangers to a run on four hits and three walks in eight innings. Haren, who has won his past six decisions after starting the year 0-2 despite a 0.69 ERA, hasn't lost in 10 starts and has worked at least seven innings in eight of his past nine assignments. He's won all six of the starts in which he's received at least two runs of support.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Daisuke Matsuzaka (7-3, 4.83) @ Lenny DiNardo (1-2, 1.80)

Red Sox: Matsuzaka hasn't been sharp in his last two starts, giving up 19 hits and 11 runs over 11 2/3 innings. Two starts ago, Matsuzaka was dealing with a bad case of the flu. But there was no clear answer for his troubles against the Indians, when he was hit around for 12 hits and six runs over 5 2/3 innings. This will be Matsuzaka's first career appearance vs. Oakland. In five road starts, Matsuzaka is 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA.

A's: Promoted from his long-relief role to become Oakland's eighth different starting pitcher of the season, DiNardo threw the ball well -- 5 1/3 innings, four hits, two walks, three strikeouts, one unearned run -- on Wednesday against the Rangers but made one of two Oakland fielding miscues in the sixth inning, allowing the Rangers to score three unearned runs on the way to a 4-0 victory. It was DiNardo's first big-league start since Sept. 14, 2006 -- when he was with the Red Sox.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Tim Wakefield (5-6, 4.24) @ Joe Kennedy (1-4, 3.30)

Red Sox: Not since Sept. 4, 2004 had Tim Wakefield been pounded for eight earned runs before his last start, on Friday night. But Wakefield's control deserted him against the Yankees, who touched him for five hits and six walks and scored eight times in 3 2/3 innings. Wakefield's ERA has ballooned from 1.79 to 4.24 in four starts since May 15.

A's: Kennedy bounced back from a seven-run beating at the hands of the host Orioles to put together his strongest start fo the season Friday night against the visiting Twins, holding Minnesota to a run on six hits over eight innings while throwing a season-high 110 pitches. As has often been the case this year, though, the A's offered little offensive support, so Kennedy, who has allowed one run in six of his 10 starts and has allowed more than three runs only once, was stuck with his fifth no-decision.

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Curt Schilling (5-2, 3.91) @ TBA

Red Sox: Schilling couldn't build on his dominant previous start against Cleveland, allowing five earned runs and nine hits against the Yankees at Fenway. He struck out only two Yankees, Hideki Matsui and Alex Rodriguez, neither of them on the revived split-finger fastball that allowed him to punch out 10 Indians on May 28. He has allowed 89 hits in 76 innings this season.

*scouting reports courtesy redsox.com