Pinder will start in left field and bat second Sunday against the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder has earned three straight starts, with two of the assignments coming in left field and one at third base. Each of the starts have come with lefties on the hill for the Angels and were preceded by three straight games on the bench, so it doesn't appear Pinder is much more than a short-side platoon player for the Athletics at this point, despite turning in one of the best games of his career Saturday. In the Athletics' 6-4 victory, he went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, triple and three runs.
Pinder went 3-for-3 with a triple, a solo homer and two more runs scored in Saturday's win over the Angels.
Pinder put the Athletics up 1-0 in the fourth inning with his sixth homer of the season. The 26-year-old reached base three more times on top of his long ball -- a single in the first, a hit-by-pitch in the sixth and a triple in the seventh -- falling just a double shy of the cycle. Pinder still figures to see just a few starts per week as a utility player.
Pinder is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Before hitting the bench Saturday, Pinder had started eight straight games for the Athletics, with the last three assignments coming at shortstop. With the primary option at that position, Marcus Semien, having since returned from paternity leave, Pinder will now settle back into a utility role and likely pick up only a handful of starts per week.
Pinder will start in left field and bat fifth Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Pinder will pick up his third straight start Sunday, with designated hitter Khris Davis' (groin) recent move to the disabled list effectively opening up a spot in the lineup for the versatile 26-year-old. Pinder's entry into the lineup has paid dividends for the Athletics at least for the first two games of the series, as he's gone 3-for-7 with a double and solo home run in those contests.
Pinder went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run in a win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Pinder closed out the scoring on the night with a 424-foot shot to left center in the eighth, his first round tripper since May 19. The 26-year-old has now compiled seven of his 12 RBI on the season over the last six games, and his mammoth 35.4 percent strikeout rate is being significantly offset by a robust .392 BABIP. When the latter figure inevitably sees at least a bit of a drop, Pinder's overall numbers could therefore suffer if he's unable to appreciably improve his contact rate.
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