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June 19, 2013

Wednesday's A's-Rangers lineups: Nelson Cruz bats third

Manager Ron Washington was all about the hot hand Wednesday while making out the Rangers' lineup. Nelson Cruz, 10-for-33 the past 10 games, is in the No. 3 spot for the first time since 2010, and Leonys Martin (8-for-22) is in center field vs. A's lefty Tommy Milone rather than Craig Gentry (4-for-35). Asked if he envisions a scenario in which Lance Berkman returns to the No. 3 hole, Washington said "of course."

A's lineup vs. RHP Justin Grimm: Chris Young, cf; Jed Lowrie, ss; Yoenis Cespedes, dh; Brandon Moss, 1b; Josh Donaldson, 3b; Seth Smith, lf; Josh Reddick, rf; Derek Norris, c; Eric Sogard, 2b.

Rangers lineup vs. LHP Tommy Milone: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, ss; Nelson Cruz, rf; Adrian Beltre, 3b; Lance Berkman, dh; A.J. Pierzynski, c; Robinson Chirinos, 1b; David Murphy, lf; Leonys Martin, cf.

-- Jeff Wilson

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