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• The red-hot Cliff Pennington earned a start in the leadoff spot on Tuesday, as Melvin continued to mix up his lineup while Crisp remained out. Pennington, who for nearly all of August was hitting below the Mendoza Line, entered the day batting .364 with three home runs and 10 RBIs over his last 20 games, all the while upping his season average to .222.

• Coming into Tuesday, A's hitters had struck out 1,307 times this season, most in the Majors. With nine games to play, they're closing in on the American League record of 1,324, set by the Rays in 2007.

• The red-hot Cliff Pennington earned a start in the leadoff spot on Tuesday, as Melvin continued to mix up his lineup while Crisp remained out. Pennington, who for nearly all of August was hitting below the Mendoza Line, entered the day batting .364 with three home runs and 10 RBIs over his last 20 games, all the while upping his season average to .222.

• Coming into Tuesday, A's hitters had struck out 1,307 times this season, most in the Majors. With nine games to play, they're closing in on the American League record of 1,324, set by the Rays in 2007.