A's lineup: Still no Cespedes, Moss could stay hot

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A's lineup: Still no Cespedes, Moss could stay hot

PROGRAMMING NOTE: A's-Dodgers coverage gets underway tonight at 6:30 p.m on CSN California with A's Pregame Live, then A's baseball is up next at 7 p.m. from Oakland, followed by A's Postgame Live.
Oakland Athletics (31-36) lineupCrisp CF
Weeks 2B
Reddick RF
Smith LF
Inge 3B
Moss 1B
Gomes DH
Suzuki C
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Instant AnalysisYoenis Cespedes is not in the A's starting lineup tonight. It is good to see the A's aren't attempting to rush him back this time. His last appearance came on June 13, when he had one at-bat before re-aggravating his strained left hamstring. He could start as the designated hitter some time during the Dodgers series. Without Cespedes in the lineup, Seth Smith gets to stay in the outfield. Smith hits much better when he isn't DH. As an outfielder he is batting .340 (33-97) with all seven of his home runs. As DH he is hitting just .178 (13-73).
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The A's have never faced Dodgers starting pitcher Aaron Harang, who pitched for Oakland in 2002 and 2003. Top of the OrderCoco Crisp remains in the leadoff spot with Jemile Weeks batting second. Since moving back to the top of the order on June 14, Crisp has hit .411 (7-17). Weeks is batting .182 since being moved to the second spot in the order. Heart of the OrderJosh Reddick is batting third. Strangely, he actually plays better without Cespedes in the lineup. Reddick is batting .276 with 10 homers, 20 RBIs, and a .982 OPS in 30 games without Cespedes providing lineup protection. With Cespedes in the lineup, Reddick is hitting .255, with five homers, 13 RBIs, and a .744 OPS in 35 games. The reigning American League player of the week Brandon Moss has a .600 (3 for 5) career average against Tuesday's starting pitcher Aaron Harang. Bottom of the OrderJonny Gomes is heating up with the summer temperature. In June, he is batting .428 (7 for 16) with two homers, and four RBIs.

A's minor league video coordinator Mark Smith unexpectedly dies at 41

A's minor league video coordinator Mark Smith unexpectedly dies at 41

OAKLAND, Calif. – Mark Smith, the Oakland A’s Minor League Video Coordinator, passed away on Monday in Arizona. He was 41 years old. 

“The Oakland A’s suffered a tremendous loss today with the unexpected passing of Mark,” said Billy Beane, Oakland A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “He was a valued member of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” 

Smith served as the A’s Minor League Video Coordinator for eight seasons. He was instrumental in the creation of the department in 2009. Before joining the A’s, he was a member of the United States Air Force from 1998 – 2007. 

Funeral services are pending.

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Report: Red Sox, White Sox agree on blockbuster trade

Report: Red Sox, White Sox agree on blockbuster trade

The Red Sox and White Sox reportedly made a blockbuster deal on Tuesday morning.

Chicago is sending Chris Sale to Boston in exchange for four prospects, according to Fox Sports' Rosenthal.

Sale went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA last season and registered a league-leading six complete games.

He has been an All-Star each of the last five years.

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