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Boston at Oakland

Venue: O.co Coliseum

Boston's prolific offense ran into some strong pitching in the Pacific Northwest, and arrives in Oakland struggling for runs.

The Red Sox could be in store for another tough test in Monday night's three-game series opener when the Athletics send Jarrod Parker to the mound.

After averaging 7.4 runs over a 10-game stretch, Boston (42-37) totaled nine runs in four contests with Seattle, but that was good enough to split a series with the AL's worst team. The Red Sox have won 11 of 15 overall to pull within one-half game of Baltimore for the AL's second wild-card spot.

"They were pitching pretty well," said David Ortiz, who hit the deciding sacrifice fly in the 10th inning of Sunday's 2-1 victory. "You have to pitch extremely well to stop our offense, and they did."

Now the Red Sox, the majors' second-highest scoring team with 406 runs, have the difficult task of trying to get their offense going against Parker (4-3, 2.57 ERA), something they've already failed to do once this season.

Parker didn't get selected to the All-Star game, but the rookie right-hander certainly could make a case to pitch in the Midsummer Classic. After permitting one run and three hits while striking out a career-high nine in seven innings of Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Mariners, he joined Dwight Gooden as the only pitchers to allow one run or fewer in nine of their first 13 starts since 1918.

"That's a nice stat," manager Bob Melvin told the Athletics' official website. "It says he's got great stuff, and he can do it in whatever venue. It really doesn't matter to him. When he's throwing the ball over the plate and he's mixing his pitches, he's just a tough guy to square up. We're not even to the halfway point, but we're very pleased at what he's doing. Now did we expect him to be able to pitch games like this? Absolutely."

The Red Sox know to expect a strong showing from Parker, given that he limited to one run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-3 victory at Fenway Park on May 1. Ortiz was hitless in three at-bats against Parker, but was 4 for 7 with two homers and two doubles in the other two games of that series.

Ortiz, who ranks among the AL leaders in homers (21), doubles (24), RBIs (54) and runs (57), will be Boston's lone representative at the All-Star game, marking the first time the club has had only one All-Star since 2001 (Manny Ramirez).

While the eight-time All-Star - who is sitting on 399 career home runs - could have trouble against Parker, simply hitting in Oakland also presents quite a challenge. Ortiz is batting .169 with two home runs and five RBIs in 17 road games in this series since 2008, and Boston has lost 10 of its last 14 in Oakland.

The A's (38-42) return home after beating AL West-leading Texas 3-1 on Sunday, salvaging the finale of a four-game set.

Yoenis Cespedes doubled to extend his hitting streak to six games, during which he is batting .409 with five RBIs, and he'll be getting his first look at Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 4.91) in the series opener.

After recording a 6.06 ERA in his first three starts since returning from Tommy John surgery, Matsuzaka allowed one run over 5 2-3 innings of Boston's 5-1 comeback win over Toronto on Tuesday. The right-hander struck out five, walked one, scattered six hits and was done after 100 pitches.

Matsuzaka has typically fared well against the A's, going 4-1 with a 3.69 ERA in seven starts.

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Probable Starters

Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP
2012 stats
22.0 Innings Pitched 73.2
0-2 Wins-Losses 4-3
4.91 Earned Run Average 2.57
6 Walks 36
20 Strikeouts 58
94 Pitches Per Start 98
Career vs. opponent
39.0 Innings Pitched 6.2
4-1 Wins-Losses 1-0
3.69 Earned Run Average 1.35

Jarrod Parker, RHP
weather image  Morning clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Boston5th AL East6172.459155-5 L 2
Oakland5th AL West5876.433155-5 L 2
vs Jarrod Parker
vs Daisuke Matsuzaka

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Game Odds
Boston 100 Oakland -110
C. BuchholzElbow
D. PedroiaHamstring
H. RamirezShoulder
K. UeharaWrist
A. VarvaroElbow
C. VazquezElbow
B. WorkmanElbow
S. WrightConcussion
C. BassittShoulder
I. DavisHip
S. FuldBack
K. GravemanOblique
A. GriffinShoulder
J. HahnForearm
J. ParkerElbow
E. ScribnerLat
Series Game Log
Apr 10OAKOAK 12-0Pomeranz Walker 
Apr 11OAKSEA 5-4Olson Abad 
Apr 12OAKSEA 8-7Rodney Clippard 
May 8SEASEA 4-3Smith Otero 
May 9SEASEA 7-2Happ Hahn 
May 10SEASEA 4-3Hernandez Chavez 
Jul 2OAKOAK 4-0Kazmir Elias 
Jul 3OAKSEA 9-5Happ Chavez 
Jul 4OAKOAK 2-0Graveman Hernandez 
Jul 5OAKSEA 2-1Montgomery Bassitt 
Aug 24SEAOAK 11-5Mujica Iwakuma 
Aug 25SEASEA 6-5Olmos Chavez 
Aug 26SEASEA 8-2Hernandez Bassitt 
Sep 4OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 5OAK 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 6OAK 4:05 PM EDT  
Oct 2SEA10:10 PM EDT  
Oct 3SEA 9:10 PM EDT  
Oct 4SEA 3:10 PM EDT