A's lineup: Drew moves up

October 2, 2012, 10:18 pm
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OAKLAND -- The A's have clinched a spot in the playoffs but they still have some work to do if they want to be the American League West champions. If they can win their next two games they will take the division crown. Here's manager Bob Melvin's lineup card.Oakland Athletics (92-68) lineup
Coco Crisp, CF
Stephen Drew, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Jonny Gomes, DH
Josh Reddick, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Brandon Moss, 1B
Derek Norris, C
Adam Rosales, 2B

Instant Analysis
With left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison on the hill for the Rangers the A's are going with their righty-heavy lineup again. This time Brandon Moss gets the start instead of Chris Carter. On Monday, Melvin said it is difficult to take the red-hot Moss out of the lineup. Top of the Order
Stephen Drew moves back up to the second spot in the order. He is 2 for 5 in his career against Harrison. Drew is currently in an 0 for 11 slump. Heart of the Order
Yoenis Cespedes was voted rookie of the month for September, but since September 11 he is hitting .311 (23 for 74) with seven home runs, 16 RBI and 13 walks. He went 0 for 3 on Monday but had hit safely in all 14 of his previous games against the Rangers. (Courtesy: Bloomberg Sports)
Josh Reddick seems to have settled into the fifth spot in the order nicely. He is hitting .303 (7 for 23) with three homers and five RBI over his last six games. He is 2 for 6 with a homer in his career against Harrison. Bottom of the Order
Derek Norris is behind the dish. He is 3 for 5 in his career against Harrison. He smacked a home run off the lefty pitcher last week in Texas. Norris has nine RBI over his last 21 games. (Courtesy: Bloomberg Sports)Starting Pitchers
Travis Blackley (5-4, 4.00) takes the mound for the A's. He has struggled mightily in his last two starts lasting just three innings. He was knocked out after just one inning in his previous start, which was against the Rangers in Arlington, after allowing five runs. Harrison (18-10, 3.26 ERA) allowed four runs against the A's last Thursday but got the win.

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