Murphy is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Kansas City, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Murphy will get a rest after starting the past four games behind the plate. Aramis Garcia will start at catcher and bat ninth Friday.
Murphy went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Rockies. Murphy notched Oakland's lone run with an RBI double that scored Tony Kemp in the top of the sixth, but that would be all the offense the Athletics would be able to muster in the entire game. The backstop has hit safely in six of Oakland's last eight contests but is hitting only .222 on the campaign.
Murphy isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies. Murphy had started each of the last five games and hit .250 with a home run, three doubles, seven RBI and two runs. Aramis Garcia will take over at catcher and bat eighth.
Murphy went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and three total RBI in a 9-5 win over the Rockies on Friday. The backstop enjoyed a big day at the plate, driving in three runs for the first time this season. He blasted a solo home run to right field in the second inning, knocked in another run with a single in the third and notched another RBI with a double in the sixth. Over his past seven games, Murphy has knocked in 10 runs despite batting a pedestrian .259.
Murphy went 1-for-4 with a two-run double, a walk and a run in a win over the Mariners on Tuesday. Murphy's seventh-inning two-bagger doubled the Athletics' lead to four runs at the time and gave the clutch-hitting backstop his sixth and seventh RBI over his last five games. Murphy is hitting just .222 over that stretch while striking out a massive 35.0 percent clip, but the contradictory numbers are simply a microcosm of a season in which his .379/.457/.517 slash line with men in scoring position thoroughly dwarfs his .215/.310/.389 season-long figures.
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