Oakland's shiny road record absorbed a ding against Tampa Bay, which swept the A's in three games.
Now, after an 8-1 loss to the Rays on Sunday that knocked the A's out of first place in the AL West, Oakland heads to Boston, where the Red Sox and the entire city are getting over a tragic and emotional week that included the Boston Marathon bombings, the shooting death of an MIT security officer and a citywide manhunt that resulted in the death of one bombing suspect and the apprehension of the other.
The Red Sox held a moving ceremony for the victims of the bombings and for the tremendous law-enforcement efforts before their game Saturday, and Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" on the field. These have not been normal circumstances at all for the Red Sox, but they are tied with Texas for the best record (12-6) in the league.
Most A's players were nervous at the prospect of going to Boston while the second suspect was still on the loose.
"I'm really glad they caught that -hole," said A.J. Griffin, who will start for Oakland on Monday night. "If they hadn't, I wouldn't be thrilled about going.
"All that stuff that went down was scary stuff, but you just want to go out there not thinking about it. Detach yourself."
Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick plan to visit injured Martinez resident Aaron Hern, 11, at Children's Hospital on Monday.