Athletics Vs. Red Sox: Oakland Surprises Boston With Series Win

The Oakland Athletics visited the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series that wrapped up on Wednesday night. The Red Sox have struggled in the early part of the season and the A's managed to turn those struggles into a series win.

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Oakland Athletics Call Up Michael Taylor, Send Coco Crisp To DL

The Oakland Athletics might be without their outfielder for some time, but they do have a nice replacement coming in for him. According to the team website, Coco Crisp has been out of action for seven games, came back, went 0 for 4 at the bat and left with the flu, and is now headed for the DL. Crisp hasn't been performing so hot anyway, going .194/.260/.209 overall.

Replacing Crisp will be,Michael Taylor. Taylor hails from Triple-A Sacramento. The outfielder has performed quite well with the River Cats, hitting .347 with a .938 OPS, nailing two homers with 18 RBIs in 23 games for the River Cats. Taylor should join the team very soon, probably by Friday for the opening game in the series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox, Game 3 Final Score: Oakland Takes Series With 4-2 Win

The Boston Red Sox looked to have everything figured out on Monday, as they opened a three-game series at Fenway Park with a decisive win over the Oakland Athletics and appeared to be putting their early-season miseries behind them. Two days later, the A's had completed the series win, picking up their second win in a row on Wednesday, by a final score of 4-2.

In a "Turn Back the Clock" game where both teams sported throwback uniforms, A's starter Brandon McCarthy was fantastic, allowing one run on five hits and three walks over 6.2 innings of work.

Oakland jumped on top in the top of the fourth when Seth Smith singled home Yoenis Cespedes. They plated three more in the sixth, on RBI doubles by Smith, Kila Ka`aihue and Brandon Inge. The 4-0 lead would last until the bottom of the seventh, when Marlon Byrd hit a sacrifice fly for Boston. Dustin Pedroia hit a two-out RBI double of his own in the bottom of the ninth to cut the score to 4-2, but that would be as close as the Red Sox would get.

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox, Game 2 Final Score: Speedy A's Even Series With 5-3 Win

On Tuesday, the Oakland Athletics took an early lead, thanks in large part to excellent and aggressive baserunning, against the hometown Boston Red Sox. The A's were able to hold onto that lead and pick up a 5-3 win to even up the three-game series.

The A's got on the board right away, as Jemile Weeks led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes was able to single him home for a 1-0 A's lead.

The deciding inning was the top of the fourth, when the A's would plate four runs to go up 5-0. Cliff Pennington doubled home Kurt Suzuki, then Jemile Weeks singled home Kila Ka`aihue and Pennington, taking second on the throw to the plate. Weeks then stole third and came home on a wild pitch by starter Felix Doubront.

The Sox got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a groundout RBI by David Ortiz, but Oakland starter Jarrod Parker would keep the score there until he was relieved in the bottom of the seventh. Boston threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring two runs on a Mike Aviles single, but Dustin Pedroia grounded out to end the game with the tying runs on base.

Josh Reddick, Ka`aihue, Weeks and Pennington all stole third base in the game. The A's became just the second team since 1969 to steal third base four times in one game. The 1988 Montreal Expos were the other team to accomplish the feat.

Parker earned his first win of the season with 6.2 innings of four-hit baseball. The A's will try to pick up the series win on Wednesday.

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox, Game 1 Final Score: Oakland Drops Series Opener, 11-6

The Oakland Athletics opened up a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday night. Things did not go quite the way the A's had hoped, as the Red Sox seem to be getting over their early-season struggles just fine. The Sox put up 11 runs in the first six innings en route to an 11-6 victory.

Lefty starter Tom Milone was finally roughed up for the first time this season, giving up eight runs in 4.2 innings on eight hits and a walk. His record now falls to 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA.

Oakland had a brief 1-0 lead in the second inning, when Cliff Pennington hit an RBI single. The Red Sox answered back with four runs in the bottom of the frame, added another pair in the third and a final five runs in the bottom of the fifth. David Ortiz had two home runs in the game.

The A's did manage a big inning of their own in the seventh, scoring five runs on a Coco Crisp single and a Josh Reddick home run, but the damage had already been done.

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox Series Preview: Oakland Hopes To Add To Boston's Troubles

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?

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