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  W: M. Walden (4-0)   L: M. Fiers (2-3)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, May 1, 2019
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 33,708

Red Sox host A's in search of second series sweep

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Athletics were swept by the Blue Jays over the weekend, moving to 0-6 against Toronto this season. The A's are 6-2 against the rest of the AL East this season, including a 3-1 mark against the Red Sox.
  2. At 11-17, the Red Sox are off to their worst 28-game start in a season since beginning the 1996 campaign with a 9-19 record. Boston has won just one series this season, tied with the Marlins for the fewest series victories of any team this season.
  3. The A's took three of four games when these teams met earlier this season, holding Boston scoreless in two of the wins. Oakland is 7-3 (.700) against Boston since 2018, the best record by any team against the Red Sox over that time.
  4. In the first four innings this season, Frankie Montas has a 1.80 ERA and has allowed just one home run. From the fifth inning on, Montas has a 6.00 ERA and has allowed four home runs. This will be Montas' first career start against Boston, though he has pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief against the Sox.
  5. Mookie Betts is batting .412 (14-for-34) since April 19, with multiple hits in six of his nine games over that time. Betts is a career .219 hitter against the A's, his lowest mark against any American League team.
  6. The Athletics have hit 42 home runs this season, tying the most the club has ever hit in a season prior to May 1 (2002). Oakland is 14-7 this season when hitting at least one home run, compared to 0-9 when failing to hit a home run.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/29/2019 thru 5/1/2019

The Boston Red Sox are starting to show signs of the team that ran roughshod over the league last season.

Fresh off a pair of resounding victories, the host Red Sox bid to record their second series sweep of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the reeling Athletics. Boston topped Oakland 9-4 and 5-1 on Tuesday.

Mookie Betts, who belted a solo homer in the first inning of Boston's romp on Tuesday, has five multi-hit performances in his past six games. Taken a step further, the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player has 19 hits -- including eight for extra bases (five doubles, three homers) -- and eight RBIs in his last 11 contests.

"He made some adjustments, he's been in the cage working hard. He's staying in the zone, and putting good swings on it," Boston manager Alex Cora told reporters of Betts, who joined Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Nomar Garciaparra as the franchise's lone players to score 500 runs in their first 700 games.

"Hitting the ball out of the ball park (to) straight center, that's a perfect swing right there, and he's always looking for that," Cora added.

Rookie Michael Chavis has collected eight RBIs and seven runs scored in his last seven games for the Red Sox, who are looking for their first sweep since a three-game set at Tampa Bay on April 19-21.

Boston right-hander Hector Velazquez (0-2, 3.86 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season on Wednesday after being elevated into the rotation following an injury to Nathan Eovaldi.

Velazquez, who walked a pair of batters and gave up a hit while recording one out in a relief outing against Oakland on Monday, owns a 1-1 mark with a 5.91 ERA in four career encounters with the Athletics, including one start. The 30-year-old has seen Oakland's current roster bat .303 against him, with Khris Davis going 2-for-4 with a homer.

After a brilliant performance by Rick Porcello on Tuesday, Cora told reporters to reserve judgment on the status of the team's pitching staff.

"It was just a bad start (to the season) for everybody. People can point at spring training or whatever. I don't think that's the thing," Cora said. "Judge over 162 games and see what happens. They did struggle early. Now they're finding their rhythm, and we'll see where it takes us."

Oakland finds itself in a freefall, losing the first five contests of its nine-game road trip to fall to 4-10 away from home.

Matt Chapman, however, is keeping a positive outlook.

"April's behind us," the third baseman told reporters Tuesday. "Don't let the A's get to May. Tomorrow is May 1 and we can turn over a new leaf."

Right-hander Mike Fiers (2-2, 7.03) will look to return Oakland to its winning ways.

Fiers answered a trio of six-run outings with a significantly before performance on Friday. The 33-year-old Fiers gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks in a season-high seven innings of a no-decision at Toronto.

Fiers improved to 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) versus Boston after tossing six scoreless innings on April 2. J.D. Martinez, however, is 8-for-17 with two solo homers against him.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 1, 2019

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