A's Lineup: Reddick moved down in order

A's Lineup: Reddick moved down in order
August 25, 2012, 4:28 pm
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The A's and Rays will play a rare Saturday series finale in Tampa Bay. They have Sunday off because the Republican National Convention takes place at Tropicana Field tomorrow. Oakland Athletics (68-57) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Stephen Drew, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Seth Smith, DH
Chris Carter, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
George Kottaras, C
Cliff Pennington, 2B
Instant AnalysisJosh Reddick returns to the lineup but is batting in the sixth position. Moving down Reddick is a wise move at the moment because he's been struggling offensively as of late. He is batting .149 with five walks and 31 strikeouts in his last 23 games. He does have 14 RBIs over that span, but is only batting .190 with runners in scoring position this season. Top of the OrderCoco Crisp has been one of the A's best players after struggling in April and May. He has 19 RBIs in 32 games since the All-Star Break after driving in 18 runs in his first 60 games. Heart of the OrderYoenis Cespedes is batting .350 since the All-Star Break. He has been successful with runners in scoring position batting .380. Bottom of the OrderCliff Pennington is batting ninth. He has good numbers against Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Pennington is 3 for 6 with a homer and two walks against him.Starting PitchersBrandon McCarthy (6-5, 3.16 ERA) takes the mound in the series finale against the Rays. McCarthy is 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA in three starts since being reinstated from the disabled list. He is 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA in nine games against the Tampa Bay Rays in his career. Hellickson (8-8, 3.28 ERA) is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts.