This was long overdue. Oakland A’s right-hander James Kaprielian picked up his first MLB win on Wednesday, six years after being a first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees. Kaprielian, making his first big-league start, went five innings and limited the Boston Red Sox to one run on four hits while striking out six and walking three as the A’s picked up a 4-1 win at Fenway Park.
Oakland Athletics (23-15, first in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (22-16, first in the AL East) Boston; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Sean Manaea (3-1, 3.07 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 43 strikeouts) Red Sox: Garrett Richards (2-2, 4.54 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 34 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Sox -109, Athletics -107; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: Boston enters the matchup as losers of their last three games. The Red Sox are 10-11 in home games in 2020.
Hunter Renfroe made a really awesome play on Wednesday that put the rest of Major League Baseball on notice. There may have been some turnover there this season, but don’t try to run on the Boston Red Sox’s outfield. Out in right field against the Oakland Athletics in the second game of the series at Fenway Park, third baseman Matt Chapman tried to stretch a double into a triple off starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez in the second inning.