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BOS@KC: Lester pitches six innings for his 13th win

The Athletics and Red Sox have altered their schedule this weekend to accommodate Mother Nature's timetable.

Both teams hope the move results in a win-win situation. On Friday, the A's defeated the Red Sox, 15-5, in the first game of the series. On Saturday, the clubs will play a split admission doubleheader.

"It is what it is, and both teams have to deal with it," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Our pitching is set up, and we'll see where we go with the second game. I heard the weather for the first game is going to be potentially a lot better than the second. I don't know how quickly it moves in, but I think that's more in-game decisions. Once we get there, we'll worry about the weather."

Hurricane Irene is expected to make its way through the Northeast this weekend and the clubs elected to cancel Sunday's game in favor of the doubleheader Saturday. Fans who had tickets to the originally scheduled game at Fenway Park on Saturday must use them for Game 1. Tickets for the Sunday game will be honored at Saturday's nightcap.

Oakland starter Guillermo Moscoso remains on schedule to pitch Saturday in the first game, while Graham Godfrey will be recalled from the Minor Leagues by the A's on Saturday to start the second game. Godfrey made three starts for the A's in June, surrendering eight runs in 17 innings for a 4.24 ERA. He's gone 13-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 18 games at Triple-A.

Oakland right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who was originally scheduled to pitch for the A's on Sunday, will likely pitch Monday in Cleveland.

As for the Red Sox, they will go with Jon Lester, who allowed three hits and a run over six-plus innings against the Royals in his last start, in Saturday's opener. Erik Bedard will start Game 2 for Boston.

The Red Sox are prepared for the challenge the pitching staff faces this weekend. On Friday, the club bolstered its bullpen by recalling right-hander Scott Atchison from Triple-A Pawtucket.

"We just really wanted to protect our bullpen," said manager Terry Francona. "On a day like today, we went and got Atch so something doesn't happen. If we have a lead, we're fine. But if something would happen where somebody exits early and we're losing, you can ruin your bullpen. That's why it's important to have somebody here."

Athletics: Beantown twin bills
• Saturday will mark the third doubleheader for the A's against the Red Sox in Boston in franchise history. The two others were played on Aug. 10, 1971, and July 22, 1972.

• Right-hander Michael Wuertz (right thumb) reported no problems after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday. The A's reliever, Melvin said, is "fairly close" to a rehab assignment.

• The A's have committed 104 errors this season. It marks the second time in the last eight years that the club has committed more than 100 errors in a season.

Red Sox: Crawford gets night off
• Carl Crawford was given the day off Friday, but he should be back in the lineup Saturday. The speedy outfielder is hitting .255, with nine home runs and 46 RBIs this season. He's stolen 17 bases.

"We're going to try to give as many guys some time off as we can," Francona said "There's only so much we can do. I thought Carl was cramping a little bit during the game, so, with the late arrival and everything, I thought it would be a good day. He's going to probably play both [Saturday]."

• Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon is one save shy of becoming the first pitcher to record 30 or more saves in each of his first six full Major League seasons.

Worth noting
• The Red Sox are 4-2 against the A's this season.

• Lester is 2-3 with a 4.95 ERA for his career against the A's. Oakland hitters have a lifetime batting average of .298 against the left-hander.

• Boston reliever Bobby Jenks, who is on the disabled list with back tightness, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Class A Salem. Comments