September 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris (36, left) tags out Boston Red Sox center fielder Scott Podsednik (26, right) as umpire Gerry Davis (12, top) looks on during the sixth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Athletics Vs. Red Sox: Oakland Completes Sweep, Wins 9 Straight

The A's have won nine straight games. They completed a sweep of the Red Sox on Sunday.

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Oakland Stretches Win Streak To 9 WIth 6-2 Win

The Oakland Athletics are showing no signs of slowing down. On Sunday, they completed their sweep of the Boston Red Sox with ease in a 6-2 victory and have stretched their winning streak to nine straight games.

The A's scored all six of their runs in the first four innings, all off of starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. Coco Crisp walked to lead off the first inning and Seth Smith followed up with his 13th home run of the year to stake Oakland to a quick 2-0 lead. Stephen Drew added a solo home run in the second to make it 3-0.

Josh Reddick hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to stretch the lead to 4-0 and Drew added an RBI single with two outs to make it 5-0. Yoenis Cespedes brought the final Oakland run home in the fourth inning with an RBI groundout.

Cody Ross finally got the Red Sox on the board in the sixth inning with a two-out RBI single off of Brett Anderson,who improved to 3-0 with six strong innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four.

Mauro Gomez managed a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to get Boston one run closer, but that would be the last gasp for the Red Sox.

The A's will host the Los Angeles Angels for a massive series beginning on Monday.

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Red Sox Vs. Athletics, Starting Lineups: A's Eye 9th Victory In A Row

The Oakland Athletics are looking for their ninth straight victory Sunday afternoon at the O.Co Colosseum, though the Boston Red Sox are hoping they can avoid their sixth straight loss.

Coco Crisp will bat lead off for the A's, playing center field, with Seth Smith will DH as bat second. Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes make up the rest of the outfield, batting third and fourth respectfully, while Brandon Moss will be back at first base and Josh Donaldson over at third. Newcomer Stephen Drew will be at shortstop, while Derek Norris will be behind the dish.

Your Oakland Athletics:

  1. Coco Crisp CF
  2. Seth Smith DH
  3. Josh Reddick RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes LF
  5. Brandon Moss 1B
  6. Josh Donaldson 3B
  7. Stephen Drew SS
  8. Derek Norris C
  9. Cliff Pennington 2B
First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN California and 95.7 The Game.

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox: Oakland Seeks 9th Straight Victory Behind Brett Anderson

The Oakland Athletics are looking for their ninth consecutive victory on Sunday, hoping that Brett Anderson can keep his frenzied pace going since his return from the disabled list against the sinking Boston Red Sox.

Anderson (2-0, 0.64 ERA) has been lights out since his return from Tommy John surgery, including tossing seven scoreless against the Indians in his last outing. He's got a strong resume against Boston as well, posting a 4-1 mark with a 2.92 ERA in the last six start against them.

The Red Sox will counter with Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 5.10) who recently returned from a Tommy John surgery of his own. He was remarkable against the Royal in his last start, tossing seven scoreless innings, though struggled in his last visit to Oakland, allowing five runs on four hits, including two homers, en route to a 6-1 loss.

Last night marked the fifth-straight loss for Boston, the longest stretch of the season. The A's on the other hand haven't had a nine-game winning streak since 2006, the last year they made the playoffs.

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN California and 95.7 The Game.

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox Game Recap: A's Bleach Red Sox 7-1 For Eighth Straight Win

How 'bout them Oakland A's? The team that the world seems to have forgotten about just won their eighth-straight game on Saturday against the (spiraling out of control) Boston Red Sox. This 7-1 victory by the A's gives Boston a streak of its own - five straight losses. Ouch. Oakland is now 3.5 games behind Texas in the AL West and holds one of the wild card playoff spots.

Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront was chased out of the game after only three innings. Doubront gave up five earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts. His replacement, Alfredo Aceves, also lasted three innings, giving up one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts. The rest of the bullpen for Boston would give up only one more run.

The Athletics sent A.J. Griffin to the mound. Griffin had a seven inning, one earned run game taking his record to 4-0. Teammates Coco Crisp went 3-for-4 with one lead-off home run, Brandon Inge was 1-for-2 with two RBI's and Derek Norris went 2-for-4 driving in two runs. Coco Crisp was thiiiis close to hitting for the cycle, but was unable to get a triple to complete it.

It wouldn't be a Red Sox game without a little controversy. A's pitcher Griffin was carrying a perfect game into the fifth inning when Boston manager Bobby Valentine gave hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia the go-ahead to put a first-pitch bunt down the third base line. When asked about the move after the game, Valentine gave a very 'Bobby Valentine answer', "Who cares?"

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox: Sept. 1 Starting Lineups

The Oakland Athletics look to reprise an offensive explosion tonight in game two of their series with the Boston Red Sox. The A's destroyed the Red Sox by the tune of 20-2 on Friday night in the series opener.

A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.42 ERA) takes the hill for Oakland tonight. The right-hander makes his first start since August 4 as he comes off the disabled list. He faces the lefty Felix Doubront (10-6, 4.79 ERA) for Boston.

Here are the rest of the starting lineups for tonight.

BOSTON (62-71)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Scott Podsednik LF
4. Cody Ross RF
5. James Loney 1B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Mike Aviles SS
8. Ryan Lavarnway DH
9. Pedro Ciriaco 3B

OAKLAND (74-57)

1. Coco Crisp CF
2. Jonny Gomes DH
3. Josh Reddick RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes LF
5. Chris Carter 1B
6. Brandon Inge 3B
7. Derek Norris C
8. Brandon Hicks SS
9. Adam Rosales 2B

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Athletics Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Oakland Mauls Boston, 20-2

The Oakland Athletics were hoping to pick up their seventh straight win on Friday night as they returned home to kick off a three-game series against the struggling Boston Red Sox. The A's spent nine innings more or less demolishing the Sox and won by a final score of 20-2.

Oakland picked up four quick runs in the bottom of the second inning, on an RBI double from Brandon Moss, an RBI single from Jonny Gomes and a home run by the suddenly red-hot Josh Donaldson. Moss and Gomes added RBI hits in the third inning to make it 6-0 A's.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to finally get the Red Sox on the board, but Moss countered with a two-run shot of his own in the fifth. George Kottaras hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth that made it 9-1 Oakland.

The Red Sox were able to scratch out a run with an RBI groundout in the top of the seventh, but the bottom of the inning was where the A's absolutely ran wild.

Oakland plated an astounding nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Donaldson got things started as he reached on a force attempt and a run came in. Kottaras then hit a two-run single and Cliff Pennington followed up with an RBI double. Stephen Drew drove in a run with a single that loaded the bases and Josh Reddick cleaned up with a grand slam. The slam was the 28th home run of the year for Reddick, who is beginning to heat up again.

Kottaras put the exclamation point on things in the bottom of the eighth, as he hit a two-run home run -- his second homer of the game -- to make it an even 20-2

The A's will try to stretch their winning streak to eight games on Saturday and can clinch a series win in the process.

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Athletics Recall Pedro Figueroa, Option Jim Miller

The Oakland Athletics have made a pitching change on their roster, sending right-handed pitcher Jim Miler to Single-A Stockton. Miller's designation helped make way for left-handed pitcher Pedro Figueroa to return to the baseball club from his Triple-A assignment in Sacramento.

This will be another appearance this year for Figueroa on the Athletics roster, as he's now been on the roster for five separate stints. Figueroa has generally pitched well in terms of keeping runs off the board, but unfortunately he's had less success when it comes to issuing walks. So despite posting a 1.20 ERA with a .170 batting average, Figueroa has also tossed 11 walks, resulting in a much more average .328 on-base percentage.

Miller has pitched OK for the A's with a 2.02 ERA and .209 batting average. It's unclear as to why Miller was sent down all the way to Single-A.

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

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.

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