It will be hard to outdo his last outing, but Joe Blanton will give it a try as the Oakland A's go after their sixth straight win and a series sweep against the Boston Red Sox.
The A's righty took an hour and 49 minutes to toss a three-hit shutout against the Twins on Saturday, and he will be on the mound in the final game of a four-game series with Boston.
Blanton has made one start this year against the Red Sox as it came on May 1 in Boston. Blanton was solid, but didn't figure into the decision as he pitched seven innings and gave up four runs.
The A's wound up winning the game, 5-4, and were facing Red Sox starter Curt Schilling, who will be facing Blanton once again on Thursday at McAfee Coliseum.
Blanton gave up three runs in the first inning in that previous start, settling in over his last six innings. The A's rallied for two runs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Travis Buck off Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon before winning in the 10th.
OAK: RHP Joe Blanton (5-3, 3.81 ERA)
Blanton is undefeated in his career against the Red Sox, going 2-0 in three career starts, with his only no-decision being that May 1 start. He has a career 2.41 ERA against them. He has never faced them at McAfee Coliseum.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (5-2, 3.91 ERA)
Schilling went seven innings and gave up two runs, striking out seven against the A's in that May 1 start against Boston as he threw 101 pitches. He gave up a fourth-inning home run to Dan Johnson as the A's first basemen had two hits in the game.
Player to watch
Jason Kendall has 21 career hits and a .309 lifetime average against Schilling and has taken him deep three times.
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KFRC 106.9, KYCY 1550
Friday: Athletics (Chad Gaudin, 6-1, 2.41) at Giants (Tim Lincecum, 2-0, 4.05), 7:15 p.m. PT
Saturday: Athletics (Dan Haren, 6-2, 1.70) at Giants (Barry Zito, 6-5, 3.87), 12:55 p.m. PT
Sunday: Athletics (Lenny DiNardo, 2-2, 1.45) at Giants (Matt Cain, 2-5, 3.54), 1:05 p.m. PT
Matt Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.