Tonight, the Athletics will be sending Eric Surkamp to the mound against a white-hot Red Sox lineup that has scored 27 runs in their last two games. Surkamp allowed 12 runs and 25 hits in 19.1 innings last month in four starts before being demoted to Triple-A Nashville. In Nashville, Surkamp pitched well, going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts. The 28-year-old has barely faced the Red Sox, with five total at-bats from the entire team against the lefty. Against another subpar pitcher, look for the Red Sox to rake.
For Boston, they will be sending arguably their best pitcher so far this season to the mound in Rick Porcello. In his last outing, Porcello picked up his first loss of the season, but pitched well enough to win the ball game. In seven innings, Porcello allowed six hits and three earned runs. Look for the sinkerballer to pound the strike zone and mow down this weak lineup.
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