08/28/12 6:57 PM ET
Oakland's Carter finally clicking at the plate
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
Chris Carter, the A's soft-spoken first baseman who is listed at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, has waited a long time to find success at the big league level. For years, he slugged home runs off of Minor League pitching. In 826 contests while suiting up for the farm teams of the White Sox and A's, Carter trotted around the bases 182 times.
For some reason, however, he couldn't produce when he earned a promotion to the big league squad. In 24 games for Oakland in 2010, Carter hit just .186. He managed only six singles in 15 contests for the A's last season.
At last, Carter is contributing the way he knows he can. In 45 games with the A's this season, he's batting .259 with a .371 on-base percentage and 11 home runs and 27 RBIs.
"You bring up Chris Carter, hitting in the middle of the order, from the day he got here he was getting big hits for us," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's been a big pick-me-up."
Don't color Carter surprised by his recent production. His 11 home runs since June 29 rank tied for 10th most in the American League over that span.
"I've always been [able to do this], I just never really put it together here," Carter said. "It's finally coming together."
Crisp day to day after fouling ball off right foot
CLEVELAND -- In the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field, Coco Crisp occupies the locker closest to the trainer's room. Yet, after Monday's 3-0 victory, it still took him a considerable amount of time to limp from the one area to the other.
Crisp fouled a ball off his right foot during his second at-bat in Monday's tilt. He wasn't atop manager Bob Melvin's lineup card on Tuesday.
"He had an X-ray," Melvin said. "No fractures or anything structurally wrong in there. It's a day-to-day thing."
Crisp had his swollen foot wrapped on Monday night as he gingerly moved around the clubhouse. He remained in the contest and finished the night 0-for-4. In 94 games this season, Crisp is batting .254 with eight home runs, 37 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.
"He's a quick healer," Melvin said. "Nothing would surprise me with him. We're glad that there was nothing in there broken."
Reddick's stellar defense on full display for A's
CLEVELAND -- In the span of a few innings on Monday, Josh Reddick displayed the tools he brings to the table.
He socked a solo home run to lead off the second inning against Cleveland hurler Roberto Hernandez. In the fourth, he sprawled out onto the right-field grass to corral a fly ball and maintain Brett Anderson's perfect game, which then ended after 4 1/3 innings.
"He's one of the better right fielders in the game now and I think everybody's starting to see that," said Oakland skipper Bob Melvin. "We saw it from the beginning of the season."
Reddick has clubbed 26 homers this season. Entering the 2012 campaign, he had tallied 10 round-trippers in 143 career contests. Still, it's his defense that has Melvin most impressed.
"Boy, those plays don't surprise us anymore," Melvin said. "You take a look and see where the ball is and based on being around him, you have a pretty good idea of the ground he's going to cover."
Anderson certainly appreciated the defense behind him.
"He's tremendous," the southpaw said. "The one, I thought it was going to be in the gap for sure, but it tailed back and he dove and caught it. ... He made tremendous plays and kept us in the ballgame. You can't give him enough credit."
Grant Balfour has converted all eight save opportunities since returning to the closer role on Aug. 11.
Oakland's 48-27 record (.640 winning percentage) is the best in the league since June 2.