Athletics vs Red Sox Series Preview

Thursday, 14 Sep, 2017

The A's Sean Manaea reacts after Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts hit a two-run home run during the fourth inning on Tuesday in Boston. And Fenway Park is where he will work Thursday in the matinee series finale against the Oakland Athletics.

The moral of the story (if there is one) is that in sport, teams will always look for something to gain an edge - just look at "Bloodgate" in rugby, "Spygate" in the National Football League, or the lengths to which Formula 1 teams will go to bend the rules in search of the best aerodynamic solution for their particular auto.

The A's had three or fewer hits for the 12th time, tied with the Chicago Cubs for the most such games in the majors this season. The Red Sox came out on the short end of what looked like an incorrect call and challenge at home plate during a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The team announced Wednesday that the three-time World Series champion agreed to a deal that should "link him with the organization forever".

Rays manager Kevin Cash says "from what I've heard, the Trop had some minor damages" and adds "I'm optimistic that we'll get there".

All of that offense backed starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who allowed one run on one hit through six innings - his best start in a month - to earn his first win since May 26.

"For over a decade and a half, we have gotten to know what kind of man David is both on and off the field", said Red Sox principal owner John Henry. "They hit some good pitches and when there were mistakes they hit them (too)".

"I think there will be some spots that will emerge naturally", Farrell said.

In 35 starts a year ago, the lefty pitched to the tune of a 3.99 ERA, surrendering 227 hits while fanning 228 hitters over 230 innings of work. Boston is also 6-1 in Pomeranz's last seven starts and 5-1 in Pomeranz's last six starts versus a team with a losing record. "They want to get back and see their homes and check on whatever they left behind". He allowed one run and five hits in 42/3 innings, giving up a leadoff homer to Kevin Kiermaier in the third. He got Jose Altuve on a comebacker and then struck out Carlos Correa. Keyed by Olson's homer, last-place Oakland grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first.

Betts' first home run cleared the National Car Rental sign above the Green Monster - estimated at 434 feet - and the triple very almost went over the wall to the opposite field in right-center.