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Is more playing time in Derek Norris future?

Derek Norris is on a 13-for-27 tear in his last nine games.

Derek Norris is on a 13-for-27 tear in his last nine games.

Is it time for Derek Norris to get more playing time?

If it’s not now, it never will be. The catcher doubled in his first two at-bats Tuesday, driving in three runs while leading the A’s offense to a 9-3 win over Texas.

He’s 13-for-27 over his last nine games and with four consecutive multiple-hit games, he has eight hits in his last 13 at-bats.

The thing is, Norris is a right-hander and as such gets to play against left-handed starting pitching such as Martin Perez of the Rangers, who came into  Tuesday as the American League’s ERA leader.

That’s the way the system works. Right-handed batters face lefty pitchers. Left-handed batters, like the A’s other catcher, John Jaso, face right-handed pitchers.

And there are simply many more right-handers than left-handers in the game.

“We do it a certain way here. But he’s doing very well,’’ manager Bob Melvin said of Norris. “You’ve seen he’s started some games against some right-handers and had some big at-bats against right-handers.’’

You could say so. Norris came into Tuesday with a .400 average against right-handed pitchers before going hitless in one at-bat against a right-hander out of the Rangers’ bullpen Tuesday.

It would make sense for Norris to get more at-bats against right-handers. But while Jaso only has a .333 on-base percentage against right-handers is a small sample size this year, he had a.405 on-base percentage against them last year, and it would be unlike the A’s brain trust to mess with a system that has the A’s off to a 17-10 record and a two-game lead in the division.

So the platoon goes on.

“The better you do, the more reps you’ll get,’’ Melvin said. “We’re going to see a bunch of left-handers coming up.’’

Norris can only hope so.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.