BOSTON -- Surely it was a hard decision on Wednesday for manager Bob Melvin to sit Josh Reddick, with his previously struggling right fielder coming off back-to-back multihit games for the first time this season.
Not necessarily, the A's manager said. In fact, it was a rather easy one with tough lefty Jon Lester on the mound for Boston.
"He's swinging better, and I want to keep him that way," Melvin said. "I want him to stay on that, and sometimes a particular lefty can give you some trouble and get your bat going in the wrong direction."
Reddick entered the day 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Lester and as one of just four hitters on the A's roster who has even faced him before. Casper Wells is another, but he, too, sat on the bench for the matinee -- and mostly for reasons other than his 0-for-10 career showing against the southpaw.
Reddick made a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth inning, but he struck out against Koji Uehara.
There was thought that Wells, acquired by the A's on Monday, would make his first start in green and gold on Wednesday with a lefty going, but "I want to let him run around on the field here today," Melvin explained.
"He didn't even get batting practice yesterday. He's in the game late last night and he sees one pitch. We'll let him get a little bit comfortable out on the field with us before we get him in a game."
It's likely Melvin finds a spot for Wells in the lineup come Friday, when Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to start in Oakland. But two days later, it's possible that Wells is bumped from the roster, with Yoenis Cespedes expected back from the disabled list.
Cespedes could begin rehab stint Thursday
BOSTON -- Had the decision been left for him to make, Yoenis Cespedes would've already started his rehab assignment.
"Yeah," manager Bob Melvin said. "He would've flown out of here yesterday to try to get in a game last night."
Cespedes (left hand) will have to wait until at least Thursday to join Triple-A Sacramento, but even that puts him ahead of schedule, since he wasn't originally expected to begin his stint with the River Cats until Friday.
That means the 27-year-old could potentially play three games in Sacramento, rather than two, before coming off the disabled list when eligible Sunday. That is, "if everything goes well today, which I expect it to," Melvin said.
Cespedes took batting practice in Boston on Wednesday afternoon, as his teammates prepared to wrap up a three-game set with the Red Sox.
Young snaps out of skid with two-homer day
BOSTON -- The A's boarded their charter flight back to Oakland on Wednesday night following a 6-5 loss to the Red Sox with little to be happy about, save for Chris Young's two-homer day amid frustration surrounding an otherwise forgettable 1-5 road trip.
Young entered the matinee riding an 0-for-17 skid -- with just six hits in his last 53 at-bats -- but he left it behind having reached base three times, with a walk accompanying his two home runs that netted the A's four of their five runs.
In doing so, Young upped his season average from .152 to .174, while he also continues to adjust to a more versatile role with his new team, having before played center field on an everyday basis with the D-backs.
"It's great," manager Bob Melvin said. "It's just a matter of time for him. He's a good player who has had to adjust to some things, but that's what he has to offer. You can get three runs very quickly when he's at the plate."
"The main goal is to win the game," Young said, "but on a personal note, I'm happy about how I did.
"I'm feeling pretty good. I know I'm off to a slow start, but it's only April. At the end of the season, everything works itself out. I've had hot starts, I've had slow starts, but you stay pretty level-headed as much as possible and understand you still have 400-500 at-bats left."
• Infielder Adam Rosales (intercostal strain) has played in six rehab games between Class A Stockton and Triple-A Sacramento and could be reinstated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday, when the A's return to Oakland for a seven-game homestand.
Once Rosales is added to the active roster, Andy Parrino is expected to be optioned to Sacramento.
• The A's entered Wednesday having scored a Major League-leading 119 runs. That's the third most runs scored in Oakland history over the first 21 games and the most since the 1996 club had 127.
• There was an umpire switch in mid-game on Wednesday. Home-plate umpire (and crew chief) Jerry Layne exited the game in the top of the fourth inning, most likely due to getting hit on his left hand by a foul ball off the bat of Derek Norris in the third inning. Second-base umpire Mike Estabrook moved behind the plate for the top of the fourth and a three-man crew was used for the rest of the game.