Reddick's stellar defense on full display for A's

Reddick's stellar defense on full display for A's

CLEVELAND -- In the span of a few innings on Monday, Josh Reddick displayed the tools he brings to the table.

He socked a solo home run to lead off the second inning against Cleveland hurler Roberto Hernandez. In the fourth, he sprawled out onto the right-field grass to corral a fly ball and maintain Brett Anderson's perfect game, which then ended after 4 1/3 innings.

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

Reddick has clubbed 26 homers this season. Entering the 2012 campaign, he had tallied 10 round-trippers in 143 career contests. Still, it's his defense that has Melvin most impressed.

"Boy, those plays don't surprise us anymore," Melvin said. "You take a look and see where the ball is and based on being around him, you have a pretty good idea of the ground he's going to cover."

Anderson certainly appreciated the defense behind him.

"He's tremendous," the southpaw said. "The one, I thought it was going to be in the gap for sure, but it tailed back and he dove and caught it. ... He made tremendous plays and kept us in the ballgame. You can't give him enough credit."