Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/5/13
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10:30 a.m. ET: The Red Sox have a long stretch ahead of them. Boston (68-45) is playing 16 of its next 19 games on the road, starting with a 10-game road trip that begins tonight. Luckily for the Sox, the first stop is in Houston, where Boston will face the struggling Astros (36-74). The Sox have mopped up on the American League’s newest arrivals so far this year, sweeping them in four games at Fenway in April. One of the winners in that series was John Lackey (7-8, 3.23 ERA), who gets the ball Monday in Houston. His April 28 start against the Astros was his first after an injury layoff, but he didn’t have much trouble, giving up just five hits and one earned run while going six innings. Brett Oberholtzer (1-0, 3.77 ERA) will try to hold the high-powered Boston offense at bay. The rookie has started just one game this year after three relief appearances, but it was a good one — he pitched seven innings against the Orioles and held that strong lineup to just three hits (no runs). The Astros are in the Central Time Zone, so this one doesn’t start until 8:05 p.m., but we’ll have First Pitch on NESN and news and notes here before that. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Zack Cox
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