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A's lineup: Weeks in; Crisp losing CF?

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A's lineup: Weeks in; Crisp losing CF?

The LineupWeeks 2B
Cowgill LF
Reddick RF
Cspedes CF
Smith DH
Inge 3B
Ka'aihue 1B
Suzuki C
Pennington SS
Instant AnalysisThree things immediately jump out at me: Jemile Weeks is back in the starting lineup, Collin Cowgill is starting in left field, and Yoenis Cespedes is in center field again. Where does that leave Coco Crisp? Cespedes only played two games in left field with the A's, before playing in center field again on Sunday. Instead of giving him reps in left he is assuming his normal position with Crisp riding the pine. Top of the OrderJemile Weeks was the A's hottest hitter when he strained his hip on Saturday. He had a nine-game hitting streak, before appearing as a pinch hitter and grounding out on Sunday. Collin Cowgill has now assumed the role of the player with the longest hitting streak. He has hit safely in six-straight games, batting .500 (11-22) over that stretch. If he keeps playing like this, Coco Crisp may find himself struggling for playing time. Heart of the LineupThe A's two best hitters, Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes are again batting third and fourth. The A's have been shutout a Major League-leading 11 times, and Reddick and Cespedes have the skills to carry the A's offensively if they can start clicking at the same time. Bottom of the OrderCliff Pennington has moved down to the ninth in the lineup. He is hitless in his last 29 at-bats, and his .189 batting average is the second-worst in the American League among qualifying players.

A's starter Paul Blackburn removed from game after being hit by line drive

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A's starter Paul Blackburn removed from game after being hit by line drive

A’s starter Paul Blackburn left Tuesday’s start in the fifth inning after a liner struck him on the right wrist.

Blackburn was in obvious pain after the Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini hit the line shot back up the middle to lead off the bottom of the fifth at Camden Yards. The ball hit Blackburn flush, and he exited the field shortly after being visited by team trainer Nick Paparesta.

There was no immediate word from the A’s on the severity of his injury. But it was a very unfortunate turn of events for Oakland’s rookie, who largely has impressed in 10 starts since being called up from the minors. He got through four scoreless innings Tuesday, showing sharp form after giving up 18 hits over his previous two starts.

Simon Castro came on in relief as the A’s led the Orioles 5-0 in the fifth. Ryon Healy has homered twice for Oakland.