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With Rosales back, Lowrie gets first start at second

With Rosales back, Lowrie gets first start at second

OAKLAND -- Upon Jed Lowrie's arrival in Oakland, the organization's thinking was that he would get a chunk of playing time at nearly every infield position this season.

Yet the versatile Lowrie has only appeared at shortstop through the club's first 23 games, in large part because of Hiro Nakajima's absence. So that's why there was an element of surprise to Lowrie's name attached to second base for game No. 24.

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Adam Rosales, fresh off the disabled list, drew the start at shortstop on Friday against the Orioles, and that's where he'll likely be whenever he's in the same lineup as Lowrie, whose last start at second base came on Sept. 6, 2010, while with the Red Sox.

"It's more about Rosie," manager Bob Melvin said. "Jed's versatility probably works against him at times. Without Rosales here, he got to play shortstop every day. He'll still play some shortstop, but his versatility would suggest he can probably play anywhere up the middle. And Rosales' best position is probably short.

"We'll see where it goes, but Jed's good anywhere up the middle, and obviously his bat speaks for itself, too."

Lowrie entered the day with 31 hits on the season, good for a second-place tie in the American League. The 31 hits are also the most by an Athletic over the first 23 games of the season since Carney Lansford posted 32 in 1992. The record is 33, achieved by both Stan Javier (1994) and Ben Grieve (1998).

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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