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• Josh Reddick, carrying a career-long 0-for-24 drought into Monday's opener in Texas, was found in the seventh spot of the starting lineup for just the second time this season. Melvin assured the decision to bump his outfielder down in the order had less to do with Reddick and more to do with his efforts in splitting up his right-handers and left-handers with lefty Derek Holland on the mound.

Of Reddick, Melvin said, "He's actually hit the ball really well the last several days, just right at people and with guys in scoring position. It's very frustrating for him but he's not hitting seventh because of what he's done yesterday or the day before."

• A tired A's bullpen has worked 35 innings over the past seven games, after being utilized in just 21 innings in its previous nine. Melvin subsequently wasn't expecting to have all 11 of his relievers readily available at Rangers Ballpark on Monday.

"As much as we've used our bullpen recently, other guys have to pitch in roles they're maybe not normally used to," he said. "We may have limited guys that are available out of the bullpen. In ballparks like this, you certainly would like to have all of your resources. Then again, in places like this, your offense certainly has to rule the day at times too, and I think we're good enough offensively, to where if we don't have some guys available on a particular day, we can swing the bats and score some runs."

• Entering Monday, the season series between the A's and Rangers was tied at six games each, with the A's having gone 4-2 in Oakland and 2-4 in Texas. They've dropped five of the previous six season series but, including Monday, have seven games left with the Rangers to buck the trend.

• Josh Reddick, carrying a career-long 0-for-24 drought into Monday's opener in Texas, was found in the seventh spot of the starting lineup for just the second time this season. Melvin assured the decision to bump his outfielder down in the order had less to do with Reddick and more to do with his efforts in splitting up his right-handers and left-handers with lefty Derek Holland on the mound.

Of Reddick, Melvin said, "He's actually hit the ball really well the last several days, just right at people and with guys in scoring position. It's very frustrating for him but he's not hitting seventh because of what he's done yesterday or the day before."

• A tired A's bullpen has worked 35 innings over the past seven games, after being utilized in just 21 innings in its previous nine. Melvin subsequently wasn't expecting to have all 11 of his relievers readily available at Rangers Ballpark on Monday.

"As much as we've used our bullpen recently, other guys have to pitch in roles they're maybe not normally used to," he said. "We may have limited guys that are available out of the bullpen. In ballparks like this, you certainly would like to have all of your resources. Then again, in places like this, your offense certainly has to rule the day at times too, and I think we're good enough offensively, to where if we don't have some guys available on a particular day, we can swing the bats and score some runs."

• Entering Monday, the season series between the A's and Rangers was tied at six games each, with the A's having gone 4-2 in Oakland and 2-4 in Texas. They've dropped five of the previous six season series but, including Monday, have seven games left with the Rangers to buck the trend.