American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 20
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (34-39) at Oakland Athletics (45-28), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Felix Doubront (2-4, 5.12)
Oakland - Brad Mills (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Mills has not made a start in the major leagues in
nearly two years.
The lefty, though, will get the call on Friday night for the Oakland Athletics
and does so for the second contest of a four-game series with the offensively
struggling Boston Red Sox.
Oakland acquired the 29-year-old Mills on Tuesday from the Milwaukee Brewers
for cash considerations and he'll step in to replace Drew Pomeranz, who landed
on the disabled list that same day because of a fracture to his non-pitching
Jesse Chavez, originally scheduled to start tonight, has been pushed back to
Mills has not made an appearance in the majors since a July 8, 2012 start with
the Los Angeles Angels and went 4-2 with a 1.56 earned run average in 14 games
and 12 starts with Triple-A Nashville this season.
Mills squares off against a Red Sox club that has been held to a pair of runs
or fewer in six straight games, including last night's 4-2 series-opening
Oakland's Scott Kazmir held Boston to just four hits over seven innings, the
lone damage a two-run homer off the bat of Dustin Pedroia. Kazmir won his
fourth straight decision and his 2.05 ERA trails only New York Yankees rookie
Masahiro Tanaka for tops in the American League.
"(Kazmir) has done a very good job for us all year," said A's third baseman
Josh Donaldson. "He throws strikes."
Yoenis Cespedes cranked his 14th home run of the season for Oakland, who have
won six of eight overall and 16 of their past 21 at home.
Boston managed a three-game sweep at home of Minnesota to begin the week
despite its struggling offense, but was not as lucky on Thursday.
Those continued issues prevented Jake Peavy from winning his first game since
April 25. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- over 6 1/3 innings of work.
"I thought Jake battled," said Boston manager John Farrell. "He kept multiple
runs off the board in a number of innings."
Farrell will hand the ball tonight to Felix Doubront, who makes his first
start in a month in a return from a left shoulder strain. He'll slot in to
replace Brandon Workman, who is in the midst of serving a suspension.
Doubront is 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA in nine starts this year and was solid over
five no-hit innings on Sunday in his second minor league rehab start. The 26-
year-old lefty struck out 10.
"His last start was much improved in terms of overall stuff," Farrell told
Boston's website. "There was increased intensity, increased velocity,
increased action to his pitches that are going to be required here, and he
gets the ball (Friday)."
Doubront is 1-2 with an 8.56 ERA in three previous meetings with Oakland,
charged with 13 runs over 13 2/3 innings.
Though the Red Sox took two of three at Fenway Park from the Athletics earlier
this season, Oakland has won nine of the last 10 encounters at home in this
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