Leading off is no big adjustment for Jaso

Leading off is no big adjustment for Jaso
April 15, 2014, 6:15 pm
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John Jaso has started 301 games in his career. He'll make his 68th start in the leadoff position Tuesday night. (USATI)

ANAHEIM – John Jaso finds himself in the leadoff spot for the Oakland A’s on Tuesday, and it’s more familiar territory than you might expect for the catcher.

Jaso has hit all over the batting order over his major league career, but he’s started in the leadoff spot more times (67) than any other place. He only finds himself there Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels because center fielder Coco Crisp remains out as he recovers from left hamstring tightness.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Crisp continues improving and might play in Wednesday’s road trip finale. As for Jaso, the guy rakes at Angel Stadium, so why not?

“One, someone’s gotta hit there,” Melvin said. “And based on the fact Jaso has done it before, he’s an on-base guy, and he’s got ridiculous numbers here at Anaheim, we’ll try to get him up as many times as we can.”

Craig Gentry, who went 1 for 3 with a stolen base from the leadoff spot Monday, is hitting eighth Tuesday against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.

With Thursday’s day off, Melvin was asked if he’s inclined to hold Crisp out Wednesday in order to give him two more full days off to ensure he’s healthy.

“Maybe, but maybe not,” he said. “ If he gets himself close to 100 percent, I’m gonna want to get him in the lineup, and then he’d have the day off after that.”

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