There was a late lineup switch for the A’s today, with Josh Reddick scratched because of a problem stemming from a tooth he had pulled Monday. So here’s a reworked A’s batting order:
Oak — Crisp CF, Gomes RF, Cespedes LF, Carter DH, Norris C, Donaldson 3B, Moss 1B, Rosales 2B, Pennington SS; McCarthy RHP.
KC — Gordon LF, Escobar SS, Butler DH, Moustakas 3B, Perez C, Francoeur RF, Hosmer 1B, Cain CF, Getz 2B; Smith LHP.
Bob Melvin thinks maybe this day off could be a blessing in disguise for Reddick, who is batting .134 (9 for 67) with 26 strikeouts over his last 15 games. It’s obvious Reddick has looked out of sync at the plate lately. He’s played in a team-high 111 games, goes all out in right field and carries a big load as the No. 3 hitter. “He’s not 6-3, 235, he’s a slight guy and plays very hard,” Melvin said. “It’s good to get days off every now and then, and it’s just difficult for us to give him a day off because he means so much to the lineup.”
–Jemile Weeks gets a day off today with Adam Rosales playing second base. Melvin said he likes the way Rosales has swung the bat lately and doesn’t want him sitting too long between chances to play. “True to form with a lot of guys brought up from Triple-A, you get them in there on a semi-regular basis and they’re producing for us.”
–Lots of A’s players were gathered around the clubhouse TVs today watching Felix Hernandez’s perfect game unfold. Obviously, Oakland hitters are quite familiar with Hernandez’s ability. So is Melvin, who was managing Seattle when Hernandez was a hotshot prospect for the Mariners. “He was in the minor leagues, like 18 years old,” Melvin said. “I asked to see him one time and they wouldn’t even let me see him. He’s quite a talent. You think of anyone around the game who’s got the stuff to pitch a perfect game, and he’s certainly one of those guys.”