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Moss, Crisp not in lineup Saturday vs. Angels

Manager Bob Melvin held Brandon Moss (calf) out of the lineup as a result of the injury Moss suffered Friday night. Moss is day-to-day.

Melvin said it’s likely that Moss won’t play Sunday, either, and probably won’t return to action until the A’s start a series against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

 

– Craig Gentry started in place of Coco Crisp in center field on Saturday night. Melvin said Crisp is working through some nagging injuries and that Crisp is available, if needed, off the bench tonight. Gentry also is filling in for Crisp in the lead-off spot.

 

– Reliever Ryan Cook is slated to throw an inning or so out of the bullpen for Single-A Stockton tonight, Melvin said. Cook is returning from a right (throwing) arm injury. Melvin added that he is hopeful that Cook needs only one or two rehab outings before he rejoins the A’s bullpen.

 

– Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes entered Saturday’s game mired in a 7 for 46 slump the past 11 games. Melvin said he isn’t too concerned, given how hard Cespedes works on a daily basis.

Catcher Derek Norris is another one that is struggling of late. He entered tonight’s game 7 for 48 in his past 16 games. He batted .386 in April but was at .217 for May before Saturday.

“You go through some periods,” Melvin said. “Norris is going through a little bit of a tough time, too. You’re never going to be the same over the course of 162 (games).

“Sometimes Ces’ tries to do a little bit too much at times. But, more than anything, when you’re swinging and missing at some balls, you’re not picking it up as early as you do when you’re swinging well. But he’s one of the hardest workers we have in the cage and continues to work hard. He’ll get going again.”

 

– The A’s honored the 1974 World Series champion team Saturday night. Everywhere Melvin turned, he spotted another player that he watched as a youngster.

Melvin recalled seeing outfielders Joe Rudi and Billy North, third baseman Sal Bando and pitcher Vida Blue — Melvin and Blue were teammates for a spell with the Giants — before he met with the media for his pregame huddle.

“This is a great day all around,” Melvin said, and he meant for himself, the current A’s and the fans.

Melvin said he encourages his players to acquaint themselves with what past A’s teams accomplished, especially the teams that captured World Series in 1972, ’73 and ’74.

“We certainly should embrace it,” Melvin said. “There’s only been one other team that’s won three World Series in a row. It was kind of the start of the whole Oakland A’s schtick with some of the individuality and the personalities, and it’s kind of carried over through the years here.

“It’s important that our guys do know the history of the organization because this organization has had a rich history with 15 Western Division titles, four World Series since the 60s. It’s a terrific organization. If you’re exposed to that, there’s a confidence that you gain from it. … Any time you have that kind of history, you should embrace it.”

 

– The A’s caught a bit of a break when the Angels scratched CF Mike Trout from tonight’s game. Trout reportedly is battling upper back tightness. Grant Green moved from No. 7 to Trout’s No. 2 spot in the batting order, while C.J. Cron replaced Trout as the designated hitter.

 

 

Steve Corkran