Who is among Oakland's hottest hitters? There aren't many of them, but one of them is new father Kurt Suzuki, who, since the birth of his daughter on Thursday, is 6-for-14 with two homers and five RBI.
Suzuki is batting .343 at home compared to .191 on the road. And when he's behind the plate, Oakland's pitchers have a 3.07 ERA, third best in the league.
Several other A's are picking up the pace offensively, but the hottest of the bunch, Coco Crisp, wasn't in the lineup Monday -- the A's gave Crisp the day off to make sure he has no reoccurrence of the quad injury that kept him out of three games last week.
Crisp has a five-game hitting streak, and he's 12-for-21 (.571) in that stretch. He told reporters Monday that he isn't entirely 100 percent, but he was available off the bench if needed.
Manager Bob Geren said that Crisp will be in the lineup on Tuesday night against Cleveland. He told reporters that holding him out Monday was simply a precaution as he comes back from quad tightness.
Geren had the team's other two hot bats in Monday's lineup: Conor Jackson entered the day 9 for his previous 25, and Andy LaRoche was 4 for his last 7. Jackson, who played right field, was 0-for-5, but LaRoche, who played third, had two hits, including a bunt single.
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