April 29, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Seth Smith (15) is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego (3) after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Athletics 5 - 2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
The Oakland Athletics visit the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series. Can the A's keep the struggling Red Sox in the loss column?
The Oakland Athletics are fresh off of a series loss that really stung. They were two outs from defeating the Baltimore Orioles behind their most solid pitcher, Bartolo Colon, when things fell apart on Sunday and the surprising first-place O's hastened Oakland out of town with a defeat.
The A's will head to Fenway Park on Monday to kick off a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, whose early-season woes are already legendary. The A's are attempting to take advantage of the extremely suspect Sox pitching -- in particular, their bullpen. The A's have reportedly claimed Brandon Inge off of waivers, so they may have a new face on the roster as the team rolls into Beantown.
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On Monday, lefty phenom Tom Milone will take the bump for the A's and will look to improve upon his 3-1 record and 2.00 ERA. He'll face off against Clay Buchholz, who is 2-1 but like nearly all members of the Red Sox staff, has struggled and currently holds an 8.87 ERA. The game will begin at 4:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on CSN-California. You can find the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game.
Tuesday's game will pit youngster Jarrod Parker against Felix Doubront. Parker has no record and an 1.42 ERA and will be making his second start against the Red Sox. Doubront is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA. The game will begin at 4:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on CSN-California, as well as on the MLB Network. You can find the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game.
In the finale on Wednesday, Brandon McCarthy will go for his second win against closer-turned-starter Daniel Bard. The two pitchers match up well on paper, with McCarthy holding a 3.23 ERA and Bard holding a 3.72 ERA. The game will begin at 4:10 p.m. PT and will be televised on CSN-California. You can find the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game.
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