Ben Enos filling in for Joe Stiglich
News of the day here at the Coliseum is of the positive variety, as Josh Reddick earned some league-wide kudos by being named American League Player of the Week.
The award was definitely well-deserved, given that Reddick hit .387 (12 for 31) with two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs and six runs in the A’s seven wins last week. We chatted with Josh for a while before he headed out to stretch today and he was pretty clear that, while he was honored to get the award, the seven wins were the most important part.
A few factors went into Reddick’s hot stretch, and both he and manager Bob Melvin agreed that a brief move to the No. 6 spot in the lineup played a part. Taking some of the pressure off helped, Reddick took off from there, and has since returned to the No. 3 hole. The A’s right fielder also said that work with hitting coach Chili Davis was important, and that shortening his swing took the focus off hitting home runs and put it back on driving the ball.
In other news, Jim Miller is back in Oakland after some nifty roster maneuvering allowed him to come back before he’d been down for 10 days. The A’s optioned Miller to Single-A Stockton last week, and since the Ports have finished their season, Miller can now rejoin the team.
On to the lineups, as the A’s look to bounce back after having their nine-game win streak snapped yesterday. Lots of lefties in the Oakland lineup to face Angels righty Zack Greinke.
A’s: Crisp CF, Smith DH, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Moss 1B, Donaldson 3B, Drew SS, Kottaras C, Pennington 2B. Parker P.
Angels: Trout CF, Hunter RF, Pujols DH, Morales 1B, Kendrick 2B, Aybar SS, Callaspo 3B, Wells LF, Iannetta C. Greinke P.