A's lineup: Cespedes not in center, Weeks out

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A's lineup: Cespedes not in center, Weeks out

The Mariners have been the worst team in the American League West since 2010. Yet for some reason, they have been a thorn in the A's side. The A's are 45-59 (.433) against the Mariners since 2007, which is the lowest winning percentage by any AL team against the Mariners. Jarrod Parker (3-3, 2.70 ERA) takes on Kevin Millwood (3-6, 4.02 ERA) in the series' rubber game.Athletics (36-39) lineupCrisp CF
Pennington SS
Reddick RF
Cespedes DH
Smith LF
Inge 3B
Moss 1B
Hicks 2B
Suzuki C
Instant AnalysisYoenis Cespedes made it through a full nine innings in his return to center field. He is back in the DH spot on Wednesday. With the nature of the day game after the night game, it is a good idea to get him some rest in the DH spot to see how his hamstring responds. I'd expect to see him in the outfield much more lately. Jemile Weeks gets a day off with Brandon Hicks sliding over to second base. Weeks has been playing every day after tweaking his hip a few weeks ago. Weeks stole his first base since May 14 last night. It was his first stolen base in 35 games and a sign he is starting to feel better. Top of the orderCoco Crisp returns to the leadoff spot and center field. He has batted first in his last 11 games. Over that span, he is hitting .341 (14 for 41) with seven walks, six stolen bases and seven runs.Heart of the orderCespedes had four homers and eight RBIs against the Mariners this season. On Tuesday Mariners manager Eric Wedge called for an intentional walk on Cespedes in the eighth inning. Not something you see happening much to A's hitters.Bottom of the orderMoss returns to the lineup after his first game off since joining the A's. He has seven home runs in June which ties him for seventh in the AL. Kurt Suzuki returns the lineup to catch Parker. Suzuki handles the young pitching staff well, and the development of the pitching staff is priority for the A's. Expect Suzuki to be in the lineup almost every time Parker and Tommy Milone pitch. Mariners (32-44) lineupIchiro RF
Gutierrez CF
Seager 3B
Montero DH
Saunders LF
Jaso C
Smoak 1B
Ackley 2B
Ryan SS

A's lineup: Only one lefty bat against Astros' Keuchel

A's lineup: Only one lefty bat against Astros' Keuchel

The A's go up against left-hander Dallas Keuchel for some day baseball and manager Bob Melvin is stacking the order with right-handed bats.

Oakland A's (11-13)

1. Adam Rosales (R) SS
2. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
3. Ryon Healy (R) 1B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Jed Lowrie (S) DH
6. Josh Phegley (R) C
7. Chad Pinder (R) 2B
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Ryan LaMarre (R) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros (15-9)

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Evan Gattis (R) DH
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
Dallas Keuchel -- LHP

A's place LHP Sean Manaea on 10-day DL

A's place LHP Sean Manaea on 10-day DL

HOUSTON – The Oakland A’s placed left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, retroactive to April 27, the club announced Sunday. 
 
Manaea was removed from his most recent start—April 26 at Los Angeles—after two innings. Overall in 2017, he has started five games for the A’s, allowing 14 earned runs and 16 hits in 24.1 innings pitched.

He has struck out 27 and walked 12, and opponents are hitting just .191 against him.

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