Athletics Vs. Red Sox Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 30: Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 30, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The A's are trying to extend their win streak to seven games. They'll get a chance on Friday as they open a series against the Red Sox at the O.co Coliseum.

It's beginning to sound like a broken record, but the Oakland Athletics continue to be one of the hottest teams in all of baseball. The A's are 8-2 over their last 10 games and have won six in a row, most recently having little trouble sweeping the Cleveland Indians in four games on the road.

On Friday, the A's return home to host the struggling Boston Red Sox for three games. The Sox have just been swept in Anaheim by the Los Angeles Angels and are looking about as disjointed as a team can look in late August. The A's will try to take advantage and retain pole position in the American League Wild Card hunt.

TV Schedule & Probable Pitchers

Friday's game will get started at 7:05 p.m. PT and will be televised on CSN California. You can catch the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game. Brandon McCarthy was excellent in his last outing and will try to pick up his eighth win this season and second against Boston in 2012. His opponent will be Aaron Cook, who is 3-7 with a 4.76 ERA.

Saturday's first pitch will be at 6:05 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on CSN California. You can catch the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game. Brett Anderson has been even better than the A's had hoped since returning from Tommy John surgery and is looking for his third straight win. He'll take on Felix Doubront, who is 10-6 with a 4.79 ERA.

Sunday's finale begins at 1:05 p.m. PT and will be televised on CSN California. You can catch the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game. Tom Milone looks for his 12th win as he continues his strong season. Pitching for Boston will be Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is 1-3 with a 5.10 ERA and is making his second start since coming off the disabled list.


Current Series

Athletics lead the series 2-1

Thu 08/23 WP: Alex Cobb (8 - 8)
LP: Tyson Ross (2 - 9)
0 - 5 loss
Fri 08/24 WP: Ryan Cook (6 - 2)
SV: Grant Balfour
LP: Joel Peralta (1 - 6)
5 - 4 win
Sat 08/25 WP: Brandon McCarthy (7 - 5)
SV: Grant Balfour
LP: Jeremy Hellickson (8 - 9)
4 - 2 win

Boston Red Sox
@ Oakland Athletics

Friday, Aug 31, 2012, 7:05 PM PDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Aaron Cook vs Brandon McCarthy

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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