Up next: vs. Athletics
Today through Sunday
What's new: The Athletics (35-48) enter the series having lost four of their past six, including two in Boston this week. They still have slugger Matt Holliday (eight homers). But it has been Jason Giambi (11) and Jack Cust (14) who have provided more power. Second baseman Adam Kennedy, acquired from the Rays during the season, has continued to play well, hitting .294. LHP Dallas Braden could come off of the bereavement list and start a game.
Key stats: Oakland has the sixth-best ERA in the American League (4.27) and ranks among the best in defense (57 errors, the fourth fewest in the AL).
Connections: Carlos Peña and Chad Bradford as well as coaches Steve Henderson and George Hendrick are former Athletics.
Series history: The Athletics lead 4-3 this season and 70-40 overall, including 31-25 at the Trop.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer