CLEVELAND -- The A's shook up their lineup for the series finale in Cleveland to maximize the number of left-handed hitters facing Justin Masterson.
Entering Sunday, lefties are hitting .310 against the Indians' ace this season, and .285 overall. That meant not seeing both of Oakland's catchers in the starting lineup for the first time since Monday.
"John's swinging a hot bat, as of late, and I was riding out a hot bat a couple weeks ago and then piecing together a couple of hits here and there," said Norris.
For the A's, matchups dictate everything, so Norris didn't enter Sunday thinking of it as a day off.
"With the system that we have, there is no such thing as a day off," Norris said. "Just because you don't start a game here, doesn't mean you're not going to play. More times than not, you're going to be an impact player whether you start or not."
"With Masterson, we're going to try to get as many lefties in there as we can," Melvin said.
The moves paid off, as Oakland chased Masterson after 4 1/3 innings of a 13-3 win.
Stephen Ellsesser is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.