Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/22/13
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10 a.m. ET: The Red Sox had quite the run going until Sunday’s doubleheader hiccup, and they now have the chance to prove that the back-to-back losses this weekend were a one-day fluke. With seven straight games coming at home against the recently stumbling Oakland Athletics and the weak Houston Astros, the Sox are due to start rolling again. Boston hosts the A’s on Monday night, with Felix Doubront looking to rekindle the Sox’ win streak (snapped at seven on Sunday) and run of starting pitchers allowing no more than three runs (16 straight games going into Sunday). The Sox have a tall task ahead of them in the A’s. While Oakland struggled over the weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays, hitting just .179 and going 3-for-25 with runners in scoring position in the Tampa sweep, the A’s had the American League’s best record before that. They’ve also won their last eight meetings with Boston, outscoring the Sox 54-15. The A’s send right-hander A.J. Griffin (2-0, 2.25 ERA) to the hill for the opener. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his three starts this year, and he’s 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA against Boston in his career, although he’s never pitched at Fenway Park. Doubront (1-0, 4.50) has had a tougher time against Oakland. He’s 0-2 with a 12.86 ERA against the A’s, and this season he’s struggled again with keeping his pitch count down, lasting just five innings in each of his first two starts. Tune in to NESN at 5:30 p.m. for pregame action, then check back here at 6:35 for first pitch. We’ll keep you updated with news and analysis before and during the game.
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