Reddick moves back to third spot in order

Reddick moves back to third spot in order

Reddick moves back to third spot in order
CLEVELAND -- Josh Reddick has bounced around the Athletics' batting order recently, but he moved back to a familiar spot on Thursday.

Manager Bob Melvin penciled his right fielder into the No. 3 hole. Previously in the series against the Indians, Reddick batted second and sixth.

"Our lineups will move around," said Melvin, who wanted to use right-handed Yoenis Cespedes, batting cleanup, to split up a slew of lefties in his lineup. "I think that's the best thing for [Reddick] today, and he is swinging the bat better."

Reddick hit .500 (9-for-18) in four games after Melvin moved him out of the third spot in the order. Before the hot stretch, he compiled a .149 average (14-for-94) with 31 strikeouts in 23 contests.

Back in comfortable territory on Thursday, Reddick went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer.

"To trot down to that six spot the last day in Tampa, it made me realize that I needed to really get out of this thing and take a lot of pressure off myself," Reddick said.

In all, Reddick has tallied 27 home runs in 124 games. Entering this season, he had socked 10 homers in 143 career contests.

"He's one of the better right fielders in the game now, and I think everybody's starting to see that," Melvin said. "We saw it from the beginning of the season."