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Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics

  1. The Red Sox got back-to-back solo home runs from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the 10th inning on Wednesday, winning 2-1, and completing a three-game sweep of the Twins in the process. Each of Boston's last five games has been decided by one run (3-2 record in those games).
  2. The A's beat the Rangers, 4-2, yesterday, winning for the fourth time in the last five games overall. Oakland is 44-28 in 2014 -- its best mark through 72 games since the 1990 club went 46-26 on its way to the World Series.
  3. Boston took two of three from Oakland in these clubs' first meeting of the season at Fenway Park (May 2-4). The A's haven't lost a series to the Red Sox at O.co Coliseum since dropping both ends of a 2-gamer April 1-2, 2008 (18-5 home record vs. Boston since).
  4. Jake Peavy went 6.0 innings and allowed just one run (earned) in his last outing vs. the Indians on June 14, but garnered a no-decision for his efforts. Peavy hasn't won a game since April 25 against Toronto (0-4 with a 5.46 ERA in nine starts since).
  5. Including a win over the Yankees in his last start (June 14), Scott Kazmir is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his last four outings. Kazmir has an overall ERA of 2.05 in 2014 -- second best in the AL and third best in MLB overall.
  6. Yeonis Cespedes went 2-for-4 on Wednesday, and is now batting .333 with four homers and 16 RBI in his last 16 games. Cespedes is 6-for-17 (.353) in his last five games vs. the Red Sox.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/19/2014 thru 6/22/2014

By JEFF MEZYDLO

STATS Senior Writer

(AP) -- Continued home success against the Boston Red Sox has also helped the Oakland Athletics remain tough to beat at the Coliseum.

The A's can record a fifth straight home victory overall and against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Coco Crisp delivered a two-out single in the eighth inning to help Oakland (46-28) improve to 6-2 on a 10-game homestand with Friday's 4-3 win over Boston. Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading A's, who have won 17 of 22 at the Coliseum, where they are 23-14.

"We'll see what happens," Crisp said. "It's a long season. I'm not saying that we are or are not the best team in baseball. That's a tough question to answer."

Oakland has won 10 of 11 and 20 of 25 at home against the Red Sox (34-40), who last won a series there April 1-2, 2008.

Crisp, who won a World Series with Boston in 2007, is batting .366 with 12 RBIs during his last 19 home games.

Donaldson is hitting .318 (7 for 22) in his past six games after going 0 for 29 in his previous seven contests.

The A's get their first look at Boston's Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.84 ERA), who has allowed five hits over 14 scoreless innings to go 2-0 at home since making his season debut May 31. However, he's been reached for eight runs and 16 hits in 11 1-3 innings to lose both road starts. The right-hander hopes to turn things around away from Fenway Park, where he gave up one hit in seven innings of a 1-0 home victory over Minnesota on Monday.

"When a guy possess that type of arm and that repertoire, as long as he throws strikes, he's going to have the ability to get some of the best hitters in the game," manager John Farrell said.

Alberto Callaspo is the only Oakland hitter to face De La Rosa, going 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout.

David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each had two hits Friday for the Red Sox, who dropped the first two of this set after sweeping a three-game home series from the Twins. Boston scored more than two runs for this first time in seven games, a stretch in which six have been decided by one run.

"We're right there," Boston's Jonny Gomes said.

Napoli is 6 for 17 (.353) in his last five games at Oakland, and 2 for 5 with a triple and a home run versus scheduled starter Jesse Chavez (6-4, 2.93).

The right-hander has pitched six innings in four straight starts and allowed three earned runs while splitting the last two. He gave up one run in a 10-5 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday.

"It's not like he was pitching poorly, but (that was) the type of outing we were seeing earlier in the year when he was really knifing through teams and cutting through them very quickly," manager Bob Melvin told the Athletics' official website.

This will be Chavez's first start against the Red Sox after posting a 1.69 ERA in three relief appearances against them.

Oakland's Sean Doolittle, who recorded his 10th save in the opener, has not allowed a run through an AL-best 23 1-3 consecutive innings. He's given up six hits, struck out 37 and walked one during that span.

Updated June 21, 2014

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