Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-3

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics announced a crowd of 19,139 for Friday night’s game against the Red Sox.

They owe a debt of gratitude to the organizational skills of Diane Goettlicher.

The mother of Red Sox rookie first baseman Lars Anderson helped coordinate the seating arrangements for a large group of family and friends who sat behind the bullpen in right field at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

In all, 50 people came from the Sacramento area for the game and wer...

OAKLAND, Calif. — The American League West has been home for John Lackey, the place where he looks most comfortable on a mound. These are the batters he knows, the stadiums in which he’s done damage, the clubs against which he has had his most success.

So it was hardly surprising that Lackey was pitching well early in last night’s game, against an opponent (the A’s) he has tormented to the tune of a 17-4 career record and 2.86 ERA.

Until the seventh inning, that is.