Game 30 preview: A’s at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (13-16)ATHLETICS (18-19)
Pedroia 2BCrisp CF
Victorino RFLowrie SS
Ortiz DHDonaldson 3B
Napoli 1BMoss 1B
Sizemore LFCespedes LF
Bogaerts SSCallaspo DH
Pierzynski CReddick RF
Middlebrooks 3BJaso C
Bradley Jr. CFSogard 2B
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (1-2, 6.66).Pitching: RHP Dan Straily (1-1, 5.14).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI.


Red Sox vs. Straily: Pierzynski 3-8, Napoli 0-3.

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Athletics vs. Buchholz: Callaspo 4-20, Barton 4-9, Crisp 4-13, Jaso 2-12, Reddick 2-3, Cespedes 0-3, Gentry 0-3, Punto 0-2.

Stat of the Day: Koji Uehara allowed 36 hits over 79 innings in his first 78 regular-season games for the Red Sox. Since complaining of shoulder pain on April 12, Uehara has appeared in six games and allowed seven hits (two of them home runs) over 5 innings.

Reddick returns: Josh Reddick, who played for the Red Sox from 2009-11, has hit .288/.350/.538 with seven extra-base hits and 14 RBIs in 15 games against his old team since being traded to Oakland. In five games at Fenway, Reddick is 8 for 21 with three doubles, a homer and seven RBIs.

Notes: The Red Sox have lost three of four and are three games out of first place after being swept in a doubleheader by the Rays on Thursday. … Oakland is three games ahead of Texas in the AL West and has the best record in the American League. The Athletics have won three straight and have the best run differential in baseball at plus-59. … Buchholz is 2-2 with a 7.90 ERA in six career starts against Oakland. That’s his highest earned run average against any AL team. But Buchholz hasn’t faced the A’s since April 20, 2012. … Straily is facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career. He was 10-8, 3.98 in 27 starts last season but has been hit harder this season, giving up 26 hits (seven of them homers) over 28 innings and walking eight. … The Sox are 4-11 against the Athletics the last two seasons but 19-8 against them at Fenway Park the last seven seasons. … Napoli has reached base in 24 consecutive games. … Sox relievers have allowed 15 earned runs in their last 18 innings. … The Athletics lead baseball with an average of 8.11 runners left on base. The Red Sox are second at 7.83.


Song of the Day: “Keep The Car Running” by Arcade Fire.