Hot-hitting Pennington gets night off

Hot-hitting Pennington gets night off

OAKLAND -- With All-Star southpaw CC Sabathia on the hill for the Yankees on Tuesday night, A's manager Bob Geren filled his lineup with right-handed hitters. Daric Barton and Jack Cust were the only lefty batters in the order.

Though he is a switch-hitter, shortstop Cliff Pennington was notably absent from the lineup, replaced by utility man Adam Rosales. Pennington, who entered Tuesday batting .432 in his past 22 contests, was simply given the night off.

"He's been playing a lot," Geren said before Tuesday's game. "He'll be ready tonight if I need him."

Matt Carson, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, got the start in right field in place of the left-handed-hitting Ryan Sweeney. Carson, who played his initial seven professional seasons with the Yankees, said facing his former franchise didn't add anything special to the occasion.

"Seeing a lot of the same guys is cool, but you just come out and play baseball," Carson said. "You can't think about that stuff too much, because if you do, you'll drive yourself nuts."

Geren also elected to go with right-handed hitter Rajai Davis, starting him in left field over left-handed options like Gabe Gross and Matt Watson.