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Gray Faces Red Sox in Oakland Tonight

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Red Sox Velazquez Makes MLB Debut

The Oakland A’s will send vaunted veteran Sonny Gray to the mound tonight to face the Boston Red Sox. The game will have first pitch at 10:05 EST from Oakland Coliseum. The Boston Red Sox counter with Hector Velazquez who will be making his MLB debut. Injuries to David Price and Drew Pomeranz forced the Red Sox into making the move to Velazquez.

The delapidated Coliseum is a pitchers ballpark and should help the rookie in his debut. It also helps that Oakland is one of the worst offensive teams in Major League Baseball. Velazquez was promoted from the team’s Triple-A team, Pawtucket. He had a stellar 1.55 ERA this season.

Oddsmakers have the Red Sox as -113 favorites on the moneyline. The total is sitting at 8.

The Red Sox endured a long day Wednesday. They needed 13 innings to earn a 5-4 victory that completed a two-game interleague sweep at St. Louis.

The A’s won just once on a six-game trip to Texas and Seattle. The Athletics allowed six runs in four consecutive games. The Mariners then shut them out 4-0 on Wednesday.

Sonny Gray hasn’t won a game since last July 26. That was seven starts ago. Gray had his 2016 season interrupted by injuries. The Athletics eventually cut his season short.

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