As a 13-year veteran, Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy has learned not to take too much stock in personal statistics.
However, it's hard to look at the 33-year-old's numbers this season and not be surprised by his lack of decisions. He's 1-4 with a 4.53 ERA in 14 starts, last getting a win on April 25 against the Blue Jays.
"I really don't think about it. At this point in my career, I don't really have any personal thoughts. I either win or lose on my day," Peavy said. "The personal stuff is what it is. It's just been one of those years. It has been hard to get decisions, especially early on. It always seems that you have a guy who struggles to get decisions."
Peavy had one of his best starts of 2014 his last time out against the Indians, allowing one run on seven hits in six innings, but he took the no-decision is a 3-2 Red Sox loss.
"I don't keep up with any of the stats," Peavy said. "People talk about run support. None of that stuff matters. It is about trying to win Thursday night."
He'll look for that elusive victory in Thursday's series opener between the Red Sox and A's at O.co Coliseum.
Meanwhile, left-hander Scott Kazmir, who's won his last three decisions, takes the hill for Oakland. He's been one of the best pitchers in the American League, ranking second with a 2.05 ERA.
He barely resembles a pitcher who just over three years ago, on June 15, 2011, was released by the Angels. Now he is in contention for a spot on the AL All-Star team.
In his last start against the Yankees, Kazmir tossed his fifth straight quality start, allowing just one run on three hits in six innings.
"Stuff-wise, consistency, yeah, I would say this is the best I've felt," he said after the outing.
Red Sox: Workman starts serving suspension
• Right-hander Brandon Workman began serving his six-game suspension Wednesday after an appeal with Major League Baseball did not reduce any of the penalty.
With the suspension upheld, Workman will miss his start Friday against the A's. Left-hander Felix Doubront will likely be activated off the disabled list and make the start.
Workman will be available to pitch for the Red Sox on June 24.
A's: Mills likely to start Saturday
• Recently acquired left-hander Brad Mills will join the A's for a workout at the Coliseum on Thursday. After that, the team will decide whether to add him to its active roster.
A's manager Bob Melvin suggested Wednesday that Mills will start Saturday against the Red Sox after starter Drew Pomeranz was placed on the disabled list earlier this week.
"I haven't decided anything yet," Melvin said Wednesday morning.
Mills seems to have the edge, though Triple-A right-handers Dan Straily and Arnold Leon are also under consideration.
• Peavy tossed a shutout in his last appearance against the A's on April 23, 2012, with the White Sox.
• The Red Sox have played in five straight one-run games. The team is 11-15 in one-run contests this season.
• The A's are the only Major League team that has not used a rookie in 2014.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.