Oakland Athletics look to break losing streak with visiting Red Sox

Jul 17, 2023, 11:22 AM

Edouard Julien #47 of the Minnesota Twins slides past Shea Langeliers #23 of the Oakland Athletics ...

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JULY 16: Edouard Julien #47 of the Minnesota Twins slides past Shea Langeliers #23 of the Oakland Athletics to score in the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on July 16, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

This weekend, something happened against the Oakland Athletics that hasn’t happened since the 1990s.

The Minnesota Twins entered the All-Star break having just been swept by the Baltimore Orioles. With the benefit of rest, the Twins came out swinging against the A’s this past weekend, recording 27 hits on their way to their first sweep in Oakland since 1997.

“I think it was nice for a lot of us to get some rest and come back reenergized and focused,” Alex Kirilloff, Twins first baseman said after Sunday’s game.

With the losses, the A’s have lost seven in a row and now sit at 25-70, two games behind the Kansas City Royals for the worst record in the major league.

Now, they welcome the Boston Red Sox into town, who have won six straight.

The Red Sox kickstarted the Oakland Athletics’ current losing streak, sweeping the pre-All-Star series in Boston.  In two three-game series against Boston last season, the Red Sox dominated the A’s, winning five of six against Oakland.

Oakland Athletics & Red Sox pitching probables

Monday, July 17th – Paul Blackburn (1-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. TBD – 6:40 PM PST

Tuesday, July 18th – Luis Medina (2-7, 6.34 ERA) vs. TBD –  6:40 PM PST

Wednesday, July 19th – Ken Waldichuk (2-6, 6.66 ERA) vs. Brayan Bello (7-5, 3.14 ERA) – 12:40 PM PST

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