Game 31 preview: Athletics at Red Sox

Here are Saturday’s lineups.

RED SOX (14-16)ATHLETICS (18-11)
Pedroia 2BCrisp CF
Bogaerts SSLowrie SS
Ortiz DHDonaldson 3B
Napoli 1BCespedes DH
Gomes LFNorris C
Sizemore CFCallaspo 1B
Middlebrooks 3BGentry LF
Bradley Jr. RFReddick RF
Ross CPunto 2B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (2-4, 3.10).Pitching: LHP Tommy Milone (0-2, 4.56).

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.


Red Sox vs. Milone: Napoli 1-7, Pierzynski 2-7, Carp 1-3, Ortiz 2-3, Pedroia 1-3, Victorino 0-3.

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Athletics vs. Lester: Punto 3-13, Callaspo 2-10, Crisp 2-10, Barton 2-9, Cespedes 1-5, Donaldson 2-6, Gentry 1-5, Lowrie 2-5, Norris 1-4, Reddick 2-6, Moss 1-3.

Stat of the Day: Jackie Bradley has reached base 14 times in the last nine games. He has seven extra-base hits and six RBIs in those nine games.

Notes: Lester is 4-4, 4.21 in 12 career starts against Oakland but 3-0, 4.01 in five starts against the Athletics at Fenway Park. … Milone has faced the Red Sox once in his career, on April 30, 2012 at Fenway. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits over 4.2 innings. David Ortiz hit two home runs off Milone in that game. … Mike Napoli has reached base in 25 consecutive games and 27 of 28 games he has played overall this season. … Xander Bogaerts has reached base in 14 consecutive games. … A.J. Pierzynski is 11 of 31 with three extra-base hits and eight RBIs in his last 11 games. … The Sox have drawn 24 walks in their last three games.

Song of the Day: “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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