A's lineup: Norris returns

A's lineup: Norris returns
April 20, 2013, 1:00 pm
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The A's lineup is set for Saturday's game at Tropicana Field.

Oakland Athletics lineup

Coco Crisp CF
John Jaso DH
Seth Smith LF
Jed Lowrie SS
Brandon Moss 1B
Derek Norris C
Josh Reddick RF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Eric Sogard 2B

Jarrod Parker, RHP

Instant Analysis:

A's catcher Derek Norris hurt his jaw in Wednesday's game when he was hit by a foul tip in the seventh inning. In that game, Norris had to be removed, and John Jaso was moved from designated hitter to catcher. As a result, the A's lost their DH and the pitcher spot would have come up in the order. It is a risky move putting both of the catchers in the lineup at the same time. X-rays were negative on Norris' jaw on Wednesday, and he is good to go, but anything can happen, especially with a catcher.  

One to watch: 

Coco Crisp has a Major League-leading 12-game hitting streak. He leads the A's with five home runs. The veteran center fielder is 3 for 9 with a double in his career against Rays' starter Jeremy Hellickson. 

Worth noting:

Josh Reddick is scuffling at the plate. According to his Twitter feed he has a surprise for the fans. Apparently he has changed his appearance. Reddick is 2 for 22 with four walks and 10 strikeouts in his past six games. He is an important piece of the A's offense and he has been in a serious slump since returning from a sprained right wrist. Reddick is 3 for 10 with a home run, a walk, and no strikeouts in his career against Hellickson. Based on previous success against the Rays' starter, maybe Reddick can start to snap out of it on Saturday. 

Tampa Bay Rays lineup:

Desmond Jennings, CF
Ryan Roberts, 2B
Ben Zobrist, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Matt Joyce, LF
Shelley Duncan, DH
James Loney, 1B
Jose Molina, C
Yunel Escobar, SS

Jeremy Hellickson, RHP

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