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Cust strokes tater
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Red Sox 2, Athletics 1
Jack Cust is greeted after stroking a homer. (Ben Margot/AP)
As he did in Japan, starter Joe Blanton cruised through the early innings before hitting trouble. The right-hander's solid start was in vain, however, as the A's mustered little on offense against Daisuke Matsuzaka aside from slugger Jack Cust's first homer of the season.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (2-1)
Won 1
Boston 2, Oakland 1   OAK
Oakland (1-2)
Lost 1
April 1, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0   2 9 0
Oakland
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 3 1
Standings thru 4/1/08  |  Recap: BOS | OAK  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Athletics stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, RF 5 0 1 1 0 1 2 .222
Pedroia, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .182
Ortiz, D, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000
Ramirez, M, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .308
Lowell, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .250
Youkilis, 1B 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 .364
Varitek, C 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 .167
Crisp, CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .286
Lugo, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .400
Totals 36 2 9 2 1 5 15  

BATTING
2B: Varitek (1, Blanton).
3B: Youkilis (1, Blanton).
TB: Lugo; Ellsbury; Youkilis 5; Ramirez, M; Crisp; Varitek 3.
RBI: Ellsbury (1), Varitek (1).
2-out RBI: Ellsbury; Varitek.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Crisp 2; Ortiz, D 2; Ellsbury.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.

 
Oakland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Buck, RF 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000
Ellis, M, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .091
Barton, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Cust, DH 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 .167
Brown, E, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .182
Crosby, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
Hannahan, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .273
Suzuki, K, C 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .364
Sweeney, R, CF 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000
  a-Sweeney, M, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400
  Denorfia, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Totals 29 1 3 1 1 12 5  

a-Grounded into a forceout for Sweeney, R in the 8th.

BATTING
HR: Cust (1, 2nd inning off Matsuzaka, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Suzuki, K; Cust 4; Crosby.
RBI: Cust (1).
Team LOB: 2.

BASERUNNING
CS: Suzuki, K (1, 2nd base by Matsuzaka/Varitek).

FIELDING
E: Barton (1, fielding).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Matsuzaka (W, 1-0) 6.2 2 1 1 0 9 1 2.31
Okajima (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Papelbon (S, 2) 1.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.86
 
Oakland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blanton (L, 0-1) 6.0 7 2 2 1 3 0 3.86
Casilla, S 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Foulke 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

WP: Blanton.
Pitches-strikes: Matsuzaka 96-61, Okajima 14-6, Papelbon 16-11, Blanton 99-67, Casilla, S 24-18, Foulke 19-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Matsuzaka 6-2, Okajima 1-1, Papelbon 1-0, Blanton 8-5, Casilla, S 1-1, Foulke 1-0.
Batters faced: Matsuzaka 21, Okajima 5, Papelbon 4, Blanton 26, Casilla, S 6, Foulke 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Papelbon 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Wally Bell. 1B: Paul Schrieber. 2B: Rob Drake. 3B: Brian Knight.
Weather: 56 degrees, clear.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:39.
Att: 36,067.
Venue: McAfee Coliseum.
April 1, 2008
April 1, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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