Halfway home

The opener between the Red Sox and A’s is through five innings, and broadcaster Gary Thorne just issued a stat that won’t sound new to A’s fans:

“The A’s,” he said, “have left six on base, four in scoring position.”

Shades of 2007. And 2006. And 2005. And …

Anyway, it doesn’t bode well for later. The A’s had Daisuke Matsuzaka on the ropes for much of the early innings, but in the end the former Japanese star got through five innings and gave up just those two runs.

Top of the Red Sox order against Joe Blanton in the sixth.

More later.