Boston Red Sox

Saturday Red Sox Delight – 5/3/14

Tommy Milone (L), Jon Lester (R)

After winning last night, the Boston Red Sox look to do it again this afternoon in the second game of a three-game set with the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the A’s television market, you can catch the game on Comcast SportsNet California. . And if you can’t catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2014 Red Sox Radio Network.

Jon Lester toes the rubber for the seventh time in 2014. In his previous six starts, Lester is 2-4 with a 3.10 ERA. Lester made two starts against the A’s in 2013 and was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. He’s made 12 career starts against them and is 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA. Six of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 3-0 with a 4.01 ERA.

Tommy Milone makes his fifth start of 2014 for the A’s. In his previous four starts, he is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA. His lone career start against the local nine came at the Fens in 2012 when he took the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) in 4.2 innings of work.

Oakland Athletics18-11 Boston Red Sox14-16
1. Coco Crisp CF 1. Dustin Pedroia 2B
2. Jed Lowrie SS 2. Xander Bogaerts SS
3. Josh Donaldson 3B 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes DH 4. Mike Napoli 1B
5. Derek Norris C 5. Jonny Gomes LF
6. Alberto Callaspo 1B 6. Grady Sizemore CF
7. Craig Gentry LF 7. Will Middlebrooks 3B
8. Josh Reddick RF 8. Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF
9. Nick Punto 2B 9. David Ross C
Tommy Milone SP Jon Lester SP

NOTES:

Here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Oakland Athletics @ Boston Red Sox Batter/Pitcher Matchups

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Red Sox making changes to struggling reliever Edward Mujica’s delivery [clubhouse insider]

Can Lester keep up string of strong Sox starts? [csn new england]

Victorino out, Bradley Jr. to right field [csn new england]

Mujica tinkering with delivery for better results [csn new england]

Victorino gets day off; Mujica still working [espn boston]

Pregame Notes: Routine day off for Victorino, and Farrell Offers his Derby Pick [extra bases]

Seen and heard: How Josh Reddick found a different world in Oakland [full count]

Red Sox pre-Game Notes: Shane Victorino back tomorrow, Edward Mujica building arm strength [full count]

Red Sox shift Jackie Bradley to RF with Grady Sizemore in CF [providence journal]

Red Sox hoping to boost Lester vs. Oakland [red sox]

Red Sox shuffle outfield for middle game with A’s [red sox]

For Dustin Pedroia, milestone homer offers glimpse of past and future of The Laser Show [alex speier – weei]

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