Alonso is out of the lineup Friday against the Yankees. The A's are in really rough shape at first base, as Alonso, who has been the starter for most of the season, is hitting just .230/.282/.320 on the season. The team is willing to deploy the defensively challenged Billy Butler at first Friday, which shows just how bad things have gotten.
Alonso is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rangers. Although it's his second day off in a row, it comes as no surprise considering tough lefty Cole Hamels is taking the ball for Texas. Alonso may also be out of Wednesday's game if the A's decide to keep him out against lefties, but that should become clear once Wednesday's lineup is revealed. For Tuesday, Billy Butler will man first base in Alonso's place.
Alonso is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game with the Rangers. Alonso has really picked things up at the plate as of late, collecting nine hits over the past seven games, but he'll head to the bench with left-hander Derek Holland taking the mound for Texas. Billy Butler will man first base in his stead.
Alonso went 3-for-4 in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Rays. Although all three hits were singles, they continued a resurgent month for Alonso. He's now working on an eight-game hitting streak, and his slashing .351/.429/.486 over 37 May at-bats. He's also starting to make harder contact, as he's posted five of his eight two-baggers on the season during the month.
Alonso crushed a three-run walk-off homer on Friday night against the Astros. The homer was Alonso's first as an Athletic and the three RBI doubled his total for the season. Alsono has had a very rough start to the season, hitting .174 with a .466 OPS through his first 69 at-bats. His defense, and past history of decent offense (career .719 OPS), will keep him in the lineup whenever the A's face a right-handed pitcher.
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