A's lineup: Crisp out, Drew leading off, Reddick moved up

A's lineup: Crisp out, Drew leading off, Reddick moved up
August 28, 2012, 7:18 pm
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: A's-Indians starts at 4:00 on CSN California, with A's Postgame Live immediately after the final out!

The Oakland A's are a season-high 13 games over .500. They are on a three-game winning streak and have won eight of their last 10 games. Entering Tuesday they are tied for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The Indians have lost 11 of their last 12 games. Oakland needs to capitalize on the Tribe's recent turmoil.

Oakland Athletics (70-57) lineup:
1. Stephen Drew (L) SS
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Seth Smith (L) DH
5. Chris Carter (R) 1B
6. Brandon Moss (L) LF
7. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
8. Derek Norris (R) C
9. Adam Rosales (R) 2B

Instant AnalysisCoco Crisp is out of the lineup. This is likely what they call a "maintenance day" in hockey. Crisp has played in all but one of the team's games in August so he may be a little banged up. With Crisp out of the lineup, Stephen Drew is batting first and Josh Reddick moves up to the the second spot in the order. Top of the OrderDrew actually led off in 16 games for the Diamondbacks this season. He hit .156 at the top of the order. In a larger sample size, Drew is a .280 career hitter in 212 games while leading off. Reddick had gone 5 for 8 with a homer since moving down to sixth in the lineup. He clearly benefitted from hitting in a lower pressure spot in the order. The A's will have to hope he stays in the swing of things batting in an unusual place. Reddick has never hit second for the A's. He had 14 at-bats in that spot for the Red Sox. Heart of the OrderSeth Smith is batting in the cleanup spot for the third straight game. He is hitting .313 (5 for 16) with a homer and two RBIs in five games since returning from the disabled list. Chris Carter's power numbers have dropped a bit in August. He has a .444 slugging percentage and three homers this month. In July his slugging percentage was .576 and he hit six home runs. He may have altered his approach at the plate a little. Check out this information on Carter from Bloomberg Sports:
Bottom of the OrderJosh Donaldson went 3 for 3 off Indians' starting pitcher Zach McAllister 11 days ago in Oakland. He is hitting .358 (17 for 48) since being recalled on August 14. Five of his seven RBIs since returning have either given the A's the lead or tied the game. Starting PitchersThe A's will send Tommy Milone (10-9, 3.87 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the road series against the Indians. It will be Milone's 25th start of the season. The rookie lefty snapped a career-worst three-game losing streak with a win on Wednesday with eight innings of one-run ball. McAllister (5-4, 3.50 ERA) will be on the mound for Cleveland. McAllister allowed four runs over six innings of work on August 17 at Oakland. The A's won the game 6-4.

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