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OAKLAND -- Tonight's lineups as announced by managers Joe Girardi and Bob Melvin.
New York Yankees
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1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
2. Coco Crisp, CF
3. Josh Reddick, RF
4. Seth Smith, LF
5. Kila Ka'aihue, DH
6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
7. Daric Barton, 1B
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Cliff Pennington, SS
Instant AnalysisYankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova has never faced the A's before. The only hitters in the lineup that have faced Nova are Josh Reddick (0-2) and Seth Smith (1-3). Nova is right handed so the lineup is loaded with every left-handed hitter the A's have.
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The Table SettersManager Bob Melvin has two switch-hitters at the top of the lineup in Weeks and Crisp. He also has Pennington batting ninth, so all three speedy switch-hitters can bat in a row, and attempt to cause havoc on the basepaths. Pennington by the way, has the second highest line drive percentage (20.96) in all of baseball. The Heart of the LineupReddick has effectively held down the three-spot in the A's lineup. He is currently thriving on pitchers mistakes, hitting .283 with eight homers and a .586 slugging percentage on pitches up and in the middle of the strike zone. Seth Smith is drawing walks in 15.17 percent of his plate appearances, ranking him seventh in the MLB. Extra AnalysisThe A's infielders are doing a great job defensively this season. Their opposition is hitting just .210 on ground balls. That ranks them fifth in the American League.