Two in the first

Mildly — very mildly — good news for the A’s; Bobby Crosby made just enough contact on a 2-2 slider from Daisuke Matsuzaka to drive in a run and give the A’s a 2-0 lead through one.

Crosby, batting after new A’s outfielder Emil Brown walked to load the bases, looked terrible on two straight pitches before nubbing one to the left of the mound. Matsuzaka made a very nice play to record the out, but the at-bat qualified as a win for Crosby, who struck out 19 times in 84 at-bats while hitting .202 with runners in scoring position last season.

Joe Blanton has given up leadoff singles to start each of his two innings, par for the course for a guy who gave up 481 hits combined over the past two seasons. No runs for the Red Sox yet, however.