A's lineup: Cespedes in CF, Hicks at 1B


A's lineup: Cespedes in CF, Hicks at 1B

The A's are 10-3 since June 12, which ties them for the best record in Major League Baseball with the Texas Rangers. Manager Bob Melvin is shaking up the lineup considerably. Athletics (36-38) lineupWeeks 2B
Hicks 1B
Reddick RF
Cespedes CF
Inge 3B
Smith LF
Gomes DH
Norris C
Pennington SS
Instant analysisYoenis Cespedes returns to the outfield for the first time since May 13 in Colorado, the game he re-aggravated his hamstring. He will be playing center field with Coco Crisp getting a day off. Brandon Hicks is getting the start at first base instead of Brandon Moss, who has yet to receive a game off since he joined the A's. Hicks has never played first base in his Major League career, but he played three games there in the Minor Leagues. Derek Norris returns to the lineup after Kurt Suzuki got the start at catcher on Monday. Norris' last at-bat was a three-run walk-off homer. Top of the orderJemile Weeks returns to the top of the order. He has started 57 games as the leadoff hitter. He hit .216 (8 for 37) with two doubles, and three RBIs while batting second. Brandon Hicks will bat second. Melvin likes Hicks' chances against left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas. Hicks has two hits since joining the A's. Both of them are doubles, and they happen to be the first two extra-base hits of his career. Heart of the orderReddick and Cespedes remain in the third and fourth spots in the lineup. Reddick is batting .400 (2 for 5) in his career against Vargas. Cespedes is 1 for 4, but hit a mammoth home run against him on April 6. Bottom of the orderSmith will be getting another start in the outfield. He also remains in the lineup against a left-handed pitcher. Smith who was known as a platoon hitter when the A's traded for him, has hit two of his last four home runs against left-handed pitching. Six of his 59 career home runs have come against lefties. Smith has hit safely in his last seven road games. Derek Norris has collected a hit in his last two starts, including his first career home run. He is 3 for 12, with two runs, four RBIs and three strikeouts since joining the A's. Mariners (31-44) lineup Ichiro DH
Gutierrez CF
Seager 3B
Montero C
Smoak 1B
Saunders LF
Wells RF
Ackley 2B
Ryan SS

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler is staying with the A's.

The 30-year-old has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Oakland, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The A's purchased Detwiler's contract from the Indians on July 17 and he went on to make nine appearances for the club, including seven starts.

In his time with the A's, Detwiler posted a 6.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Trevor Plouffe and Ryon Healy have some history to fall back on before they even start playing together as A’s teammates.

No doubt, their futures are intertwined as well.

Plouffe officially joined Oakland on Wednesday when the team announced his one-year deal that’s worth $5.25 million, plus incentives based on various numbers of plate appearances. General manager David Forst said on a media conference call that he envisions Plouffe as the primary third baseman. That means Healy — coming off an impressive rookie campaign at third — will see the majority of his innings at first base and designated hitter.

Plouffe and Healy grew up in Southern California and both went to Crespi Carmelite High School, though Plouffe, 30, is five years older. But it wasn’t until this winter that they’ve gotten to know each other better, as the rainfall in Southern California drew them both to the same indoor training facility.

They played for the same high school coach, Scott Muckey, which is how Plouffe first heard of Healy.

“I remember hearing about him when he was in high school,” Plouffe said Wednesday. (Muckey) told me about Healy and the kind of player he was. He didn’t give players a lot of credit, so when he did, I took notice.”

Healy works out in the offseason at the Hit Factory in Newberry Park. Earlier this winter, Plouffe popped in with Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

“It’s kind of coming full circle,” Healy said. “We never thought, being (five) years apart, that we would be teammates. We haven’t had (much of a) prior relationship, but he’s always reached out to me when appropriate. I’ve heard nothing but nice things about the guy. We worked out , chatted and exchanged numbers, and we’re starting that relationship early.”

Plouffe was limited to 84 games last year with Minnesota due to rib and oblique injuries, hitting .260 with 12 homers and 47 RBI. Before that, he averaged 18 homers and 68 RBI from 2012-15, twice topping the 20-HR mark. The Twins non-tendered Plouffe in December rather than pay him the roughly $8 million he was likely to receive in arbitration. That made Plouffe a free agent.

He and Healy make compelling workout partners, as Plouffe’s arrival in green and gold is likely to push Healy over to first, where he played in college and early in his minor league career. But it’s not a combative situation, and the offseason workouts help to build chemistry.

“I was kind of taking my reps at third and first, continuing doing that routine to be prepared for that possiblity,” Healy said. “It doesn’t seem like anything is set in stone. I still have to prove to them I’m ready to play major league baseball come spring time.”

The right-handed hitting Healy will form a platoon at first with Yonder Alonso, Forst said, and see time in a DH rotation that figures to also include Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt, Matt Joyce and possibly others. But Forst noted that Healy also needs to stay sharp at third base.

“It’s easy to envision a scenario where (Plouffe) gets the bulk of time at third base and we still have 500 plate appearances for other guys like Ryon. We have every intention of getting at-bats for Ryon. Trevor is not gonna be out there 162 times, we know that. Ryon is going to have to continue to be ready at third base.”

Forst said the A’s are still scanning the free agent and trade market for potential additions, both on the position-player and pitching side.

Oakland reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with reliever Santiago Casilla that has yet to be finalized.