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A’s finding less and less playing time for Daric Barton

Daric Baton has seen his playing time fall off in the last week.

Daric Baton has seen his playing time fall off in the last week.

Is this the beginning of the end for Daric Barton as a regular contributor to the A’s?

Sunday’s game marked the fifth day in succession when A’s manager Bob Melvin put out a lineup that didn’t have Barton’s name in it. On the 10-day road trip, Barton made only three starts at first base.

And if there was a game where Barton figured to play, this was the one. The Red Sox started John Lackey, against whom Barton has both experience (27 at-bats) and success (a .333 batting average). Three other members of the roster have better averages against Lackey, but no one has more hits (nine).

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