• Despite his hot-hitting ways, even against left-handed pitching, Brandon Moss remained out of the A's starting lineup for Friday's series opener vs. Texas, as Melvin stuck with his platoons and played Nate Freiman at first base and Young in right field against southpaw Derek Holland.
Moss has made 12 of his last 13 starts in right field, as the A's adjusted without a healthy Josh Reddick, but now that Reddick is back in the mix, with first baseman Daric Barton also swinging the bat well, Melvin said Moss will "probably do a little of everything." He's batting .344 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs over his last 22 games.
"He can play left, he can play right, he can play first," the manager said. "And against right-handed pitching, he's going to be in there. Things transpire during the course of the game, he's going to be in there. Just not sure of the position. Could be DH too."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.