A's lineup: Reddick returns, Donaldson bats 2nd

A's lineup: Reddick returns, Donaldson bats 2nd
August 18, 2012, 8:26 pm
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OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick's dental nightmare seems to have run its course. He is back in the lineup -- batting third and playing right field. He said he felt a lot better last night after visiting the dentist for yet another procedure. Oakland Athletics (63-55) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Chris Carter, DH
Brandon Moss, 1B
George Kottaras, C
Cliff Pennington, SS
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Instant AnalysisAfter a career-high 4 for 4 performance Friday night Josh Donaldson is up to the second spot in the batting order, a huge vote of confidence from A's manager Bob Melvin for the young third baseman. Donaldson got two hits to left, and two to right last night. He was locked in at the plate. He credits his success to not over thinking things and treating his at-bats like the low pressure plate appearances in Triple-A where he has had success.
He is hitting .500 since being recalled from Triple-A. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the two-hole. Heart of the OrderYoenis Cespedes is hitting .373 since the All-Star Break. He is smashing high velocity fastballs.
Bottom of the OrderJemile Weeks is batting ninth. He is hitting .243 (9 for 37) in the nine-spot this season. He is starting to improve offensively in August.

Starting PitchersThe steady Bartolo Colon (9-9, 3.55 ERA) takes the hill for Oakland. Colon's three-game winning streak was snapped in Chicago after a rough five-run inning. He will be opposed by Corey Kluber (0-1, 8.56 ERA). Kluber is winless in his three starts for the Indians this season. He allowed six runs in his last start.

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