A's righty Chad Gaudin will be looking to bounce back from his first poor outing of the season when he squares off with Red Sox righty Josh Beckett on Wednesday in the finale of a two-game set at Fenway Park.
Gaudin, moved into the starting rotation late this spring when Esteban Loaiza went down with a neck injury, was terrific in his first four starts of the season, posting a 1.85 ERA without a loss.
Last Friday at home against Tampa Bay, however, the Devil Rays took advantage of his first battle of the season with the command problems that plagued him in the first half of 2006, scoring four runs on four hits, four walks and four stolen bases over four innings.
"They made me go out there and throw strikes, and I didn't do it," Gaudin said.
This will be Gaudin's first career start against the Red Sox. In 13 relief appearances against Boston, he's 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (5-0, 2.48 ERA)
OAK: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-1, 2.54 ERA)
Gaudin brings an 11-game, 16 2/3-inning scoreless streak against the Red Sox into Wednesday's outing.
The first American League pitcher to reach five wins this year, Beckett is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three lifetime starts against the A's. He's coming off a masterful performance on Thursday at Baltimore, allowing two runs on eight hits, walking none and fanning three. Since pitching five innings in his first start of the year, Beckett went at least six innings in the next four.
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A's second baseman Mark Ellis is 2-for-6 with a home run in his career against Beckett.
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Official game notes
Friday: A's (RHP Dan Haren, 3-2, 1.60) at Devil Rays (LHP Casey Fossum, 2-2, 8.58), 4:10 p.m. PT
Saturday: A's (LHP Joe Kennedy, 0-2, 2.86) at Devil Rays (LHP Scott Kazmir, 2-1, 4.06) 4:10 p.m. PT
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.