8/6/2014 2:29 A.M. ET
Crisp contributes in return from neck soreness
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- For the first time in 10 days, the A's lineup featured Coco Crisp on Tuesday.
"Puts a smile on my face," said manager Bob Melvin.
Crisp was back at the top of the lineup and serving as designated hitter for the middle matchup of a three-game set with the Rays, going 1-for-4 with an RBI single that plated the A's first run in a 3-0 victory.
Melvin expected him to be OK to play center field on Wednesday, after missing more than a week with ongoing neck soreness outside of Monday's appearance off the bench.
"Certainly he does a lot for us at the top of the lineup, gets big hits for us, all of the above," Melvin said. "We all feel better when he's in the lineup. He's an integral part of what we do. You have to do things a little differently when he's not in the lineup."
Crisp's .374 on-base percentage is 29 points above his career high of .345, set in 2005.
Lowrie sits with bruised finger; Sogard in at shortstop
OAKLAND -- Coming off a three-hit game, the A's Jed Lowrie sat out Tuesday night's game against the Rays because of a bruised right index finger he injured in Monday's win.
Lowrie took a ball off the finger in the fourth inning of the 10-inning victory, remaining in the game for all of it. That he was able to stay in suggests it's not that serious, but manager Bob Melvin wouldn't let on whether his veteran infielder was available off the bench.
"I know Joe Maddon's got all of his Twitter moles out there," Melvin joked, "and he'd figure that one out in a hurry."
With usual backup Nick Punto sidelined on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, Eric Sogard made just his second start of the season at shortstop in Lowrie's stead but the 30th of his career. He's also appeared there as an in-game replacement 15 times.
Sogard is 9-for-28 (.321) over his last 10 games after hitting just .114 over his previous 22 contests.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.