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Baker, Butler late entries as A's scratch starter

Baker, Butler late entries as A's scratch starter

Baker, Butler late entries as A's scratch starter

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington had to readjust his lineup right before Sunday's game against the A's. Righty Jarrod Parker was scratched due to an illness and lefty Tommy Milone started for Oakland. Washington used Jim Adduci at first base, Jeff Baker as the designated hitter, Joey Butler in left field and Craig Gentry in center field.

Lance Berkman was scheduled to start as the DH against Parker, but Washington made the change with a left-hander on the mound. The switch-hitter has been used exclusively from the left side due to a left hip injury he suffered in July. Leonys Martin was slated to start in center, but he was removed from the lineup right before first pitch.


"We'll see what happens," Washington said.

Adduci made his first career start at first base, giving Mitch Moreland the day off. Adduci has started four games since he was called up in September -- three in left field and one as the designated hitter. Moreland was available to pinch-hit, but he wasn't in the lineup due to an 0-for-21 slump in his last nine games, including 14 strikeouts. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts Saturday.

"It looked like he was trying too hard, so I gave him a breather," Washington said.

Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.