A's give scuffling Davis first night off

A's give scuffling Davis first night off

OAKLAND -- Even Rajai Davis needs a day off every now and then.

The A's speedster, who entered Wednesday tied for the Major League lead in steals, received his first day of rest for the second game of a three-game series with the visiting Yankees.

Along with Daric Barton, Cliff Pennington and Kevin Kouzmanoff, Davis was one of four A's players to start all 15 games this year. However, his recent struggles at the plate influenced manager Bob Geren to sit the outfielder against right-handed starter Phil Hughes.

"It was a good day to get him a day off with a tough righty going," Geren said. "He's been struggling a bit. Sometimes, taking a day off to watch from the bench can help a player."

After going 9-for-24 over his first five games, Davis is 6-for-43 (.140) over his past 10 contests. He was replaced in the leadoff spot on Wednesday by Pennington, who has proven to be a consistent lineup mainstay for the A's in the No. 9 spot.

"He's done a nice job for us and always gives us good at-bats," Geren said. "He can induce walks, as well as homers."

In fact, the switch-hitting Pennington not only leads the team in home runs (two) but also in RBIs (10). He entered Wednesday's matchup batting .239 in 46 at-bats, and Geren said Wednesday's lineup mix will likely be a onetime occurrence.

"He's been in that position before, but it will more than likely just be for today," Geren said.