A's lineup: Loading up on righties

September 15, 2012, 9:03 pm
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OAKLAND -- The A's have a chance to win another pivotal series with a victory on Saturday over the Orioles. Here's manager Bob Melvin's lineup card. Oakland Athletics (83-61) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Jonny Gomes, DH
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Chris Carter, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Derek Norris, C
Stephen Drew, SS
Adam Rosales, 2B
Instant AnalysisAnother left-handed pitcher on the mound means the righty heavy lineup remains in play. Jonny Gomes is batting second, Chris Carter is batting fifth, Derek Norris bats seventh, and Adam Rosales bats ninth. Those four players represent the righty platoon infusion. Top of the OrderEven with limited playing time, Jonny Gomes has been a key contributor for the A's. Gomes went 2-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI on Friday. He is hitting .310 with eight homers and 22 RBI in the second half and has provided the A's with key veteran leadership. Heart of the OrderYoenis Cespedes has three homers in his last four games. All the talk about his 21-game home run drought is a thing of the past. Josh Donaldson has been a major surprise for the A's since being recalled on August 21. He turned two double plays last night and made a slick barehanded put out. He has also found his stroke at the plate in a major way. (Courtesy: Bloomberg Sports)Bottom of the OrderStephen Drew is improving incrementally. (Courtesy: Bloomberg Sports)

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