OAKLAND -- Brandon Moss is making it tough on A's manager Bob Melvin to sit him against left-handed starting pitchers.
Monday was the third time in succession that an opposing left-handed starter saw Moss's name in the lineup. John Danks got the call for the Chicago White Sox.
Overall it's the sixth time in Oakland's 13 games against lefty starters that the left-handed Moss has seen his name in the lineup. He was 3-for-6 his last two times out against lefty starters and 5-for-12 against lefty starters with a homer. Overall against left-handers he is 7-for-21 (.333).
When the season began Moss was supposed to get games against left-handers off. It began that way, but cleanly it's not ending that way.
Alberto Callaspo, who was supposed to get the first base at-bats against lefties, was torrid for much of April, but he's fallen off in May. He started the month hitless in his first 15 at-bats but has hits in each of his last three starts. That wasn't enough to get him in the lineup over Moss Monday.
Moss said that he feels much more comfortable against left-handed starting pitchers because he gets a chance to see them in multiple at-bats and gets a chance to see everything the pitcher throws. He generally sees the left-handers out of the bullpen just once and there isn't time to get a read on what the pitcher might have going that day.
Melvin has even seen fit to move Moss up in the lineup a bit. He'd been hitting eighth against lefties as a rule, but against Danks on Monday the first baseman was hitting seventh.
Crisp made a catch while crashing into the padded wall in center in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday. And while the wall is padded, holding the padding up are a series of metal poles, and Crisp hit one of those and is still feeling echoes of the impact.
The switch-hitter is having more trouble swinging from the left side than the right as evidenced by his batting practice session Monday when he hit only from the right side.
Melvin and the A's aren't sure when Crisp will be back in the leadoff spot, but in his absence, the leadoff hitters, Craig Gentry and John Jaso, are holding down the fort offensively.
Combined heading into Monday, Gentry and Jaso are 6-for-17 (.353) with two homers, a double, five runs scored and five runs driven in.
Gray's 5-0 win over the Rangers had finished as a three-hitter, with one of the three hits being an infield single by Robinson Chirinos on a ball hit to A's shortstop Jed Lowrie.
On Monday Major League Baseball said after reviewing the play that Lowrie was being charged with an error and Chirinos was having his single taken away.
Vogt came close to making the opening day roster, but only got into five games before the oblique strain shoved him onto the disabled list.
He's still a while away from being ready for an injury rehabilitation assignment.
White Sox (Scott Carroll 1-2) at A's Drew Pomeranz 2-1), 7:05 p.m. CSNCA