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

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

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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.

A's use three solo shots to avoid sweep vs Mets

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A's use three solo shots to avoid sweep vs Mets

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The A's powered past the Mets Sunday in New York with three solo home runs to leave the Big Apple without getting swept in a 3-2 win. 

Marcus Semien, Khris Davis and Matt Chapman all went deep. 

Rookie Daniel Gossett allowed just two earned runs over six innings pitched. 

The A's are now 44-54 on the season.

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory

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NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off left-hander Daniel CoulombeJay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York's comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy - hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside Citi Field to get their Noah Syndergaard as Thor bobbleheads.

Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run and Matt Chapman added a prodigious shot for Oakland, which scored four in the first off struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Sean Manaea took a shutout into the sixth but then wilted after throwing a career-high 115 pitches Sunday in his previous start, a win against Cleveland.

Hansel Robles (6-1) tossed a hitless inning to win for the second straight day.

MAN ON THE MOVE:
With Mets second baseman Neil Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, perhaps Monday in San Diego, Asdrubal Cabrera made his first major league start at third and played flawless defense after working out at the position once. Cabrera's only previous appearance at the hot corner came during his rookie season in 2007 with Cleveland. "He's a middle infielder who's going to play third base. Got great hands, great arm. He'll be fine," manager Terry Collins said. Cabrera initially balked at shifting from shortstop to second when he came off the DL about a month ago.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Athletics: Ryon Healy had a pinch-hit single after getting hit near the left temple by a bad-hop grounder Friday night. Healy went through the concussion protocol and was cleared, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin said he would have news after the game regarding RHP Jharel Cotton, on the DL since July 4 with a blister on his right thumb. Cotton threw a bullpen Friday. Oakland needs a starter for Monday night at Toronto. ... INF-OF Chad Pinder (strained left hamstring) homered Friday on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and could come off the DL when Oakland begins a homestand next weekend. "That's kind of the target area," Melvin said.

Mets: Walker (left hamstring) went 1 for 3 with Triple-A Las Vegas at Memphis in the first game of rehab assignment. The switch-hitter has been on the DL since June 15. ... LHP Josh Smoker threw a scoreless sixth in his first outing since coming off the disabled list Thursday. Smoker had been sidelined since June 14 with a strained left shoulder.

UP NEXT:
Oakland rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA) makes his eighth career start in Sunday's series finale against RHP Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40). Gossett has given up 10 homers in 37 1/3 innings after yielding only four in 60 2/3 innings at Triple-A.