Cespedes gone, Melvin shuffling middle of lineup

Cespedes gone, Melvin shuffling middle of lineup

OAKLAND -- Saturday marked the second day of the post-Yoenis Cespedes era in Oakland, where the A's are having to do some shuffling to the middle of their lineup without the Cuban slugger in tow.

Cespedes, traded to the Red Sox on Thursday in a deal that netted the A's Jon Lester, split his time between the third and fourth spots of the lineup during his time in Oakland. Now, a mishmash of players will fill those roles.

On Saturday, it was Josh Donaldson batting third and Derek Norris fourth against a lefty, with Jonny Gomes hitting fifth in his A's season debut, which is how manager Bob Melvin is forecasting most games when the A's are facing a southpaw. A streaking Josh Reddick could find his way back into this mix, too, at some point.

Against right-handers, Melvin plans to let Moss assume cleanup duties, with Jed Lowrie or Stephen Vogt batting behind him.

Moss received a rare day off Saturday amid an equally rare slump, a 20-game span in which he's hitting just .188.

"A little bit of a funk right now," said Melvin, "but he never gets a day off now, and it just feels like it's the right time to give him a day off."

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