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Game Thread #37: A’s at Red Sox

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Road trip!

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

There’s a lot of news around the Oakland A’s today, but there’s also a task at hand: A series at Fenway Park, against the Boston Red Sox.

Fresh from a day off after playing 17 straight, the A’s open their latest road trip with a few games on the East Coast. Tuesday’s opener features Chris Bassitt on the mound for the green-and-gold, working on a streak of four straight quality starts. Last time out, against the Blue Jays, he worked seven innings with just two runs allowed, striking out seven batters along the way.

The Red Sox call on Nathan Eovaldi for his eighth start of the year. The right-hander’s 4.62 ERA is mediocre, but his 2.05 FIP and .284 xwOBA are both superb.

Oakland begins this trip with a 21-15 record, putting them first place in the AL West division, with a 2.5-game lead over the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners in a tie for second.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. LF Mark Canha (R)
  2. RF Seth Brown (L)
  3. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. 2B Jed Lowrie (S)
  6. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  7. DH Mitch Moreland (L)
  8. C Sean Murphy (R)
  9. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  • RHP Chris Bassitt

Laureano back in the lineup.

Red Sox lineup (home)

  1. 2B Marwin Gonzalez (S)
  2. CF Alex Verdugo (L)
  3. DH J.D. Martinez (R)
  4. SS Xander Bogaerts (R)
  5. 3B Rafael Devers (L)
  6. C Christian Vasquez (R)
  7. RF Hunter Renfroe (R)
  8. LF Franchy Cordero (L)
  9. 1B Michael Chavis (R)
  • RHP Nathan Eovaldi

Let’s Go Oakland!

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