A's Willingham out of lineup with stiff back

A's Willingham out of lineup with stiff back
April 26, 2011, 11:15 pm
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ANAHEIM - A's manager Bob Geren has tweaked his lineup for the second game of the Angels series.Conor Jackson is batting third and playing first base, for the slumping Daric Barton, and Ryan Sweeney is hitting sixth and playing left field, for regular clean-up hitter Josh Willingham, who left Monday night's game with back stiffness."Maybe a day or two," Willingham said when asked he might be out. "Hopefully I can pay tomorrow. We'll see. It's nothing serious."Willingham, who was drilled in the upper left back by a pitch Sunday in Seattle, said he strained his back on a swing at the plate but that it had been tightening up on him as the game wore on."Almost like it needed to be popped, you know?" Willingham said.But asked if he could pinch-hit tonight, Willingham smiled."Probably," he said. "We'll see."The A's batting order:CF CrispRF DeJesus1B JacksonDH MatsuiC SuzukiLF Sweeney2B Ellis3B KouzmanoffSS PenningtonSP McCarthy