By Joe Stiglich
Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 8:54 am in Uncategorized.
It’s a rare noon start (ET) for the A’s as they finish this four-game series in Cleveland. That means many of you on the West Coast will have baseball to pay attention to as you arrive to work, which should do wonders for office productivity … But anyway, here’s your lineups from Progressive Field as the A’s go for a sweep:
Oak — Crisp CF, Drew SS, Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Smith LF, Moss 1B, Donaldson 3B, Kottaras C, Pennington 2B; Parker RHP.
Clev — Kipnis 2B, Cabrera SS, Choo RF, Brantley CF, Santana DH, Kotchman 1B, Carrera LF, Hannahan 3B, Marson C; Masterson RHP.
–Reddick returns to the third spot, but A’s manager Bob Melvin says it doesn’t mean he’s back there permanently. I’d expect him to still bounce around a bit. The A’s have gotten good production in the 3-4-5 spots with Reddick batting sixth, and you’ve got to think that easing the pressure off Reddick’s shoulders has contributed some to his recent improvement at the plate (he is 6 for 14 this series, with two starts in the sixth spot and one in the second spot). Melvin likes alternation right-left-right-left as much as he can through the middle spots, although today’s lineup is stacked with left-handed hitters against the righty Justin Masterson …
Regardless of today’s result, the A’s are guaranteed no worse than a 5-2 record on this road trip. That ain’t bad, but obviously they’re looking to polish off a sweep before returning home for a three-game series against the Red Sox.
That’s all for now. Enjoy your morning baseball …