The Red Sox will try to rally without much of their nucleus.
"All we can do is focus on what we have to work with," said Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin. "We have guys in here that are going to try as hard as they can to play. If breaks don't go our way, they won't go our way. If we get beat, we get beat. We have to go out there and throw all we have out on the line the best we can. If we lose, we're going to lose trying as hard as we can try."
With 31 games left in their season, the Red Sox trail the Yankees by seven games in the American League East and the Twins by six games in the Wild Card standings.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (14-8, 5.21 ERA)
Beckett is coming off one of his best starts in some time, as he went six innings and gave up one run in a win over the Angels. He had to leave one batter into the seventh inning after developing a small cut on his right middle finger. The right-hander has had mixed results against Oakland this season, going 1-1 with an 8.71 ERA in two starts.
OAK: RHP Kirk Saarloos (6-6, 4.66 ERA)
Saarloos'last start came on August 20 against the Royals. It was his second straight start where he held the opponent to two runs over six innings. In three games (one in relief) in August, the right-hander has three wins with a 2.25 ERA.
Player to watch
A's outfielder Milton Bradley is 4-for-10 lifetime against Beckett.
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Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 14-6, 3.95) at Athletics (LHP Barry Zito, 14-8, 3.64), 3:35 p.m. ET
Thursday: Red Sox (LHP David Wells, 2-3, 4.98) vs. Blue Jays (RHP Roy Halladay, 16-4, 3.12), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (RHP Kyle Snyder, 3-3, 6.91) vs. Blue Jays (LHP Ted Lilly, 11-11, 4.78), 7:05 p.m. ET