Sunday's Red Sox-A's matchups: John Lackey vs. Sonny Gray

May 04, 2014 - 4:08 am
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The Red Sox will conclude their home series against the Athletics on Sunday afternoon, sending John Lackey to the mound against 24-year-old Sonny Gray. Lackey continues to be one of the Red Sox' top starters, owning a 4-2 record with a 3.83 ERA. The 35-year-old is second on the team in strikeouts with 39, with only Jon Lester having more. The Texas native followed up his 11-strikeout performance against the Yankees on April 23 with an eight-inning clinic against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Lackey lasted eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out five on the way to his fourth win of the season. "I'm trying to be aggressive. I'm trying to work fast," Lackey said after the game. "I'm trying to get guys in the dugout. It wasn't a whole lot of fun out there on the field today. I tried to work quickly and get outs as quick as I could." Lackey is very familiar with the Athletics, having faced them 34 times in his career. In those 34 starts, Lackey has been dominant, going 19-6 with a 2.90 ERA. Last year, Lackey only faced the Athletics once, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs. The Red Sox and Lackey ended up winning the game. Gray has been impressive for the Athletics in 2014, posting a team-low 1.76 ERA. He also has the most quality starts (6) and innings (41) on the staff, while striking out the second most (37) and tying for the most wins (4). Gray was impressive last year as well, his first in the majors, going 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA. During his last start, Monday at Texas, the 24-year-old pitched a complete game, giving up only three hits, walking one and striking out six, giving the Athletics a 4-0 win. Gray has never faced the Red Sox. A's vs. John Lackey (RHP) Coco Crisp (37 plate appearances): .152 AVG/.253 OBP/.333 SLG, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts Daric Barton (30): .333/.400/.593, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks Nick Punto (24): .167/.167/.333, 1 double, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Alberto Callaspo (17): .353/.353/.588, 1 double, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 1 strikeout John Jaso (16): .400/.438/.600, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Craig Gentry (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Jed Lowrie (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Yoenis Cespedes has a walk and no hits in three plate appearances vs. Lackey. John Donaldson has a strikeout and no hits in three plate appearances. Brandon Moss has a walk and no hits in three plate appearances. Josh Reddick has a walk, a strikeout and no hits in three plate appearances. Eric Sogard has no hits in three plate appearances. Red Sox vs. Sonny Gray (RHP) No Red Sox have faced Gray.

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