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Friday’s Red Sox-Athletics matchups: John Lackey vs. Jarrod Parker

07.12.13 at 8:33 am ET
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When the Red Sox start a three-game weekend set with the Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Friday, their final series before the Wednesday’€™s All-Star Game, they will send the right-hander who is arguably their biggest All-Star snub ‘€” John Lackey ‘€” to the mound to do battle with Oakland righty Jarrod Parker.

Lackey (6-6, 8.49 K/9) has been nothing short of dominant the last month. He has lasted at least seven innings in each of his five starts dating back to June 15, posting a 2.25 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP while averaging exactly one strikeout per inning. Opposing batters are batting .241 with a .262 OBP and .387 slugging mark in that time.

That stretch is part of the 34-year-old’€™s renaissance season after missing all of 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery. His 2.80 ERA and 1.15 WHIP would be good for career lows.

Lackey’€™s latest feat included seven innings of two-run ball against the Angels on Sunday afternoon. He struck out nine ‘€” his second-highest total of the season ‘€” as Los Angeles collected five hits and a walk, forcing Lackey to throw a season-high 116 pitches. Solo home runs from Mike Trout and Hank Conger were the only blemishes on Lackey’€™s ledger.

‘€œHe was outstanding once again,’€ manager John Farrell said after the game. ‘€œTwo solo home runs through seven innings. I thought he was powerful. Held his stuff throughout the full seven innings. A lot of strikes.

‘€œJohn’€™s pitching as well as any point and time in his career. It’€™s not to shortchange anything he’€™s done early on, but he’€™s in a very good place right now.’€

Parker (6-6, 4.04 ERA), meanwhile, has made just one start since missing a week with a tight right hamstring. He limited the Royals to three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings Saturday.

Although his numbers on the season don’€™t necessarily indicate it, Parker has pitched very well the last two months. Since May 11 he owns a 2.48 ERA and 0.89 WHIP, and hasn’€™t given up more than three earned runs in any of those 11 starts.

Red Sox vs. Parker (RHP)

Mike Napoli (8 plate appearances): .167 BA/.375 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks

David Ortiz (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 RBI

Dustin Pedroia (6): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double

No other Red Sox hitters have faced Parker.

Athletics vs. Lackey (RHP)

Coco Crisp (33 plate appearances): .167 BA/.242 OBP/.367 SLG, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

John Jaso (13): .417/.462/.667, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Chris Young (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Seth Smith (3): .500/.333/1.500, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

No other Oakland batters have faced Lackey.

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