A's lineup: Moss, Kottaras powering platoons

September 11, 2012, 10:34 pm
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ANAHEIM -- The A's are on a roll. They have won four games in a row, 10 road games in a row, and are a season-high 20 games over .500 for the first time since 2006. Here's manager Bob Melvin's lineup card. Oakland Athletics lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Seth Smith, LF
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes DH
Brandon Moss, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B
George Kottaras, C
Stephen Drew, SS
Cliff Pennington, 2B
Instant AnalysisJosh Reddick returns to right field after getting a day as the DH to rest his legs. Tuesday is Yoenis Cespedes' turn to rest up as the DH. Brandon Moss has made enough noise to make the first base spot a platoon again. For a while Chris Carter was getting the bulk of the starts there. George Kottaras has also earned himself more platoon playing time with his recent offensive surge. Top of the OrderCoco Crisp is batting .231 over his last 16 games but his leadoff triple on Monday changed the complexion of the game. Nine of his last 15 hits are for extra bases. Crisp is driving fastballs lately. He is hitting .350 on fastballs this month. He only hit .268 against the fastball in August.
(Courtesy Bloomberg Sports:)Heart of the OrderMoss has five home runs in his last 11 games. His 17 homers tie him for second with Rickey Henderson on the list of most home runs by an Oakland A's player with fewer than 100 games. Jose Canseco holds the top spot with 22. For what it's worth Rickey did it in 90 games, Moss has only played 64. Bottom of the OrderThe bottom of the A's order is really rolling lately. Kottaras has been a big part of that. He has five home runs and 16 RBI in 14 games with the A's this year. Cliff Pennington is a streaky hitter. He may finally be hitting the boiling point. He is batting .483 (14 for 29) over his last nine games. He is hitting .293 since being reinstated from the disabled list on August 7 after suffering from left elbow tendonitis.Starting PitchersThe Angels shook up their pitching rotation prior to Monday's game. Jerome Williams (6-7. 4.59 ERA) will make a spot start on Tuesday to allow Jered Weaver to slip back into the rotation for the series finale on Thursday. Weaver missed his last start with right shoulder tendonitis. Williams hasn't started a game since July 19. Dan Straily (1-0, 3.18) will take the mound for the A's. It will be his first start since getting recalled following Brandon McCarthy's injury. Straily gave up four home runs in his last outing against the Angels but the A's won the game.

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